JUNE 8 I am part of Parklands OPEN GARDENS and will also be selling plants
JUNE 28, 29 and 30 I OPEN MY STUDIO as part of the Festival of Chichester.
Alongside new paintings I will have lots of new cards for sale.
NOVEMBER 11 - 24 I have a SOLO EXHIBTION in the Wilson Room at OXMARKET CONTEMPORARY
I've always been curious. Having to sit silently on the floor of my parents studio while they worked long hours, the only sounds from the wireless, I listened. Books with words held no interest but I drew, then never stopped. Though when I look back on my life, I'm surprised that nurturing rather than art has been at the core. The wonder and disbelief of germinating a seed only topped by watching a student suddenly realising 'how' and drawing with confidence. Transforming lives could be my raison d'etre.
I trained as an art teacher at Goldsmiths' College 1972-76, loved teaching in schools and art college then developed a popular course for adults who'd not drawn since childhood. Designing gardens and illustrating followed. In 2019 I really enjoyed learning more about colour and painting at City Lit, with Benjamin Senior. Much encouraged I now paint full time in sunny Chichester.
In February I was selected to take part in the SkyArts Portrait Artist of the Year competition, duly filmed in April and broadcast in November 2023. It was quite an experience and particularly wonderful to chat with Joan Bakewell. I was new to portraiture back in April but have devoted some time to studying the form and developing a passion with some new techniques, though my first love remains landscape painting.
I continue to enjoy teaching the Studio Group Painting and Drawing class for adults at Lavant on Thursdays mornings and run occasional one day courses in summer.
As Chichester Open Studios Art Trail changed their date this year I am unable to participate with them this year, so during the Festival of Chichester 2024 I open my studio Friday, Saturday and Sunday 28, 29 and 30 June from 10am to 6pm.
Artwork for packaging and merchandise designed for: The National Trust, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Boots, Crabtree & Evelyn, Pinneys of Scotland and Lotus Fish Food. Illustration for publishers: Frances Lincoln, Marshall Cavendish, Mitchell Beazley, Kew, Dorling Kindersley, Pavilion, Readers Digest and RHS/Macmillan. Cover for Parklands Residents Association.
Exhibitions include: Solo exhibition at the Century Gallery Henley on Thames 1983. Royal Horticultural Society 1984 & 1986 (Silver and Silver Gilt Medals) 1987. Mall Galleries 'Flowers & Gardens' 1984. Bradford City Art Gallery 'Food for Thought' 1987. Royall Fine Art Tunbridge Wells 1987. New York Interior Designers May 1987. Christies Contemporary Art 'The British Garden' 1988. Solo exhibition at Blackheath Halls 1996. Solo exhibition at the Oxmarket Contemporary Chichester 2023. Mixed exhibition entitled WAVE at Oxmarket January 2024.
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS: Solo exhibition in the Wilson Gallery at the Oxmarket Contemporary 12 to 24 NOVEMBER
Work held in private collections in London, USA, South Africa, Australia, France and Italy.
Charity Fundraising: 2021 we raised £1,579 , in 2022 it was £2000 and now we're close to £4000 for Brain Tumour Research.
Bridgeman Images licence several of my paintings for reproduction.