About the Artist
I was brought up in Oxfordshire and Somerset and became fascinated by drawing whatever was around me.
I studied Illustration and Graphic design was at the Somerset College of Art.
This course included design, typography, printmaking and drawing.
I particularly enjoyed the life drawing class and gained skills and confidence to tackle most subjects, continuing my passion for observational drawing and painting from life.
When my children were school age I studied for M.A degree in Graphic design at De-Montford University Leicester.
This led to teaching illustration at degree level and I began to work as a freelance artist in illustration and design for publishing, advertising, and the fine art print and greeting card companies.
I enjoy nature & depicting rural subjects from life, with water-colour my prefered medium as it is sympathetic to the British climate's subtleties of light and colour.
Pen and ink, pencil with wash are also used for sketching.
These images became the beginning of my small greeting card and print business which I first displayed at agricultural and country shows.
Subsequently my greeting cards and prints are sold to retail outlets.This is the work presented in this web site.
Comments about my paintings are of the 'movement or aliveness' of the animals and figures,
tranquility, attention to detail and a sense of 'Englishness'.
I admire numerous artists including Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Matisse, Whistler, Paula Rego, Bonnington, Berthe Morisot, Arther Rackham, Carl Larsson, John Piper and Helen Allingham and I enjoy visiting exhibitions.
Other personal influences have been the practices of meditation and yoga, both of which I teach.
Private commissions include portraits and figures, children, architecture, gardens, landscapes and animals. These are produced from life, sketches and photographs.
Working from life is very rewarding and enjoyable, even when huddled under my large umbrella or surrounded by cows,
yes they can be very curious as are horses too!
I have styles and subjects not shown here, including large life drawings and fantasy work - these may be displayed here soon.
Thanks for visiting,