Dorset, United Kingdom
I have painted and sketched since early childhood, my favourite place being among the old orchard fruit trees in our garden.
Following a Bachelor of Arts degree, I worked as an illustrator and graphic designer in studios in London and Dorset - where I illustrated natural-history information boards which were displayed throughout the county.
On raising a family, I felt driven to capture my children's likenesses on canvas and began to paint more frequently.
For several years, I challenged myself by entering Open Art competitions and I have been fortunate to have been selected for a number of these juried exhibitions. The full list is listed on my website, but my personal
highlights are: Winning the New Forest Open Art Competition in 2015 with 'Eyeworth Pond' and being one of only 50 artists to be shortlisted for Artists & Illustrators Magazine's 'Artist of the Year 2017' Competition at the Mall Galleries, London. It fulfilled an ambition to have a painting selected for this prestigious gallery and was especially poignant for me as my entry was a painting of those old fruit trees in my former childhood garden.
Earlier this year I took the decision to step away from the Open Art Competitions and I continue to explore the theme of wildflowers using impasto paint applied with a painting knife.
I'm currently creating art for the sheer enjoyment of the process and to see where this new direction will lead me!
I typically start a painting with washes of acrylic paint, and then sculpt thick, buttery, heavy-body paint over the surface to describe the flowerheads. Stalks are scratched through to reveal the layers underneath.
Over time it seemed a natural progression to want to see the results printed on textiles, and so my latest floral paintings have become cushions and (coming soon) scarves.
Thank you for following my progress thus far :- )
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