Great plans afoot to participate in the FESTIVAL OF CHICHESTER this summer. Rather than you come to my studio, my friend sculptor/ceramicist, Sue Machado and I will be hosting ART IN THE PARK on Thursday 6 July in BISHOPS PALACE GARDEN. It's a FREE event for adults but places are limited so you need to BOOK either for the morning (10.30 to noon) or for the afternoon (2pm to 4.30pm) session. LINK TO BOOKING coming soon.
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.
I thoroughly enjoy teaching the Studio painting and drawing class for adults at Lavant on Thursdays mornings 9.15 to 12.45. The next Drawing From Scratch course for adults who've not drawn since childhood will be next autumn.See below for examples of past student's drawings.
I was delighted to meet 252 visitors during 2022 Chichester Art Trail and the Festival of Chichester.
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.
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 Oxmarket Contemporary Chichester 2023.
Work held in private collections in London, USA, South Africa, Australia, France and Italy.
Charity Fundraising: 2021 we raised £1,579 , in 2022 we raised £2000 all for Brain Tumour Research.
Bridgeman Images licence several of my paintings for reproduction.