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 was shocked to hear three friends diagnosed with brain tumours this year and even more upset to discover Brain Tumour Research is horribly underfunded, receiving just 1% of the national spend on cancer research. The charity receives the full £3 on every one of my packs purchased. Please support them.
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 Gilt Medal) 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. Work held in private collections in London, USA, South Africa, Australia, France and Italy. In 2021 I enjoyed being a part of my first Chichester Art Trail and look forward to participating in 2022. I'm currently planning an exhibition of my work.
Bridgeman Images licence several of my paintings for reproduction.
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