My desire to become an artist began with my admiration for the works of many artists and so wishing that I could paint like them.
Then, in 2005, I was given a set of art classes as a birthday present and have loved painting ever since!
I have lived in the South West since 1994, firstly in a small village in rural Dorset. In 2001 we moved to Stokeinteignhead, just a stone’s throw from the South Devon coast, where I began painting.
We created a particularly large garden, so there was no shortage of beautiful flowers to paint! I began attending a weekly class in Shaldon run by local artist Dee Holdsworth www.shaldonartists.co.uk, and grew in confidence in my work.
In 2012, we moved to Shaldon, on the Teign estuary in South Devon opposite Teignmouth. The stunning Teign estuary is now my ‘back garden’ providing wonderful opportunities for painting as the tide and light changes constantly.
The beauty & variety of God’s wonderful creation all around us inspires me. A piece of seaweed wrapped around a shell on the beach, the awesome sunsets over Haytor or the black swans at Dawlish with their cygnets. We can never improve on nature itself, but I aim to capture some of its beauty on paper and canvas. I hope that you will be able to see and feel that in some of my paintings.
My love and knowledge of gardening led me to enjoy painting botanically accurate flowers. I paint from life or from photos I have taken of them in their prime. The huge variety of colours & shapes in flowers really inspires me, whether I’m designing a flower border, or painting them.
I still go to a weekly Shaldon Artists group at Dee’s to try new techniques and to meet with my artist friends, and now exhibit with various local art groups on a regular basis. For the last three years I have also opened my studio as part of the Devon Artists Network in September.
I began my painting life in watercolours, but now produce works in acrylics, pencil drawing and more recently water-soluble oils. Whilst my subjects are wide ranging, my style is predominantly realistic, capturing the effects of light on the subject.