Dorset, United Kingdom
I have painted and sketched since early childhood and my favourite subject was the old orchard fruit trees in our garden.
Following a Bachelor of Arts degree, I worked as an illustrator and graphic designer in in-house studios in London and Dorset - where I also 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 painting more frequently - this time with myself as the client!
I now work in most media: acrylic (both impasto and glazed watercolour-style); oil; pastel; ink & pencil. I like to record subjects which might pass unnoticed: flowers by the kerbside; a face in the crowd; a strip of sunlight on the lawn.
While attempting to render the 'ordinary, everyday' in paint, I frequently discover that the subject is far more extraordinary than the first casual glance suggested!
Entering Open Art competitions has presented me with new challenges and I have been fortunate to have been selected for a number of these juried exhibitions.
A full exhibition list is on my website, but my personal highlights are: Winning the New Forest Open Art Competition in 2015, and being one of just 50 artists shortlisted for an 'Artist of the Year 2017' Competition at the Mall Galleries, London.
It fulfilled an ambition to have a painting selected for the Mall Galleries and was really poignant for me as my entry was a painting of the old fruit trees in my former childhood garden.
Thank you for visiting - you are very welcome to visit my facebook page and website to see more :)