I was born in Kent in 1950 and had a passion for drawing from an early age, I benefited greatly from a post-war education that gave time and status to Art .
I studied in Bristol ( Batchelor of Education Honours Degree 1972) and taught in Primary Schools 1972 - 2000. A move to Dorset in 1985 gave me the opportunity to study for Illustration and Fine Art HNC qualifications at the Art Institute at Bournemouth .
I currently teach Life Drawing and short courses in pastels and watercolour, and work as a freelance illustrator.
Drawing is fundamental to my art work . I draw and paint directly from the subject using a spontaneous expressive line - editing intuitively. I am inspired by travel and seeing new places but equally respond to domestic subject matter - intriguing arrangements, complex interiors and of course the ultimate challenge of figures and portraits.
I am an elected member of the Pastel Society and serve on the Council. I exhibit in various galleries and Open Exhibitions and have been awarded prizes at the Discerning Eye, New English Art Club and the Pastel Society
Gilders Workshop Framing Award
Annie Longley Award
Cross Gate Gallery Purchase Prize
Arts Club Membership Award
Sarah Samuels Gallery Award
Frank Herring Award
DISCERNING EYE :
Meynell Fenton Award
NEW ENGLISH ART CLUB :
St Cuthberts Mill Award for
work on Paper
Pastel Society - Archivist
Bournemouth Arts Club - Chairman
Broadstone Art Society