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I am 77 and a graduate of Bath Academy of Art (Corsham site), BA hons 1978. I have been teaching art to adults in Wiltshire for the past 39 years, I have exhibited with Bath Society of Artists for most of that time as well as other local exhibitions both here in UK and in France. I am currently still teaching 3 classes a week and giving lectures to groups and have no plans to retire yet.
I enjoy working in watercolour and other media.
Drawing inspiration from the natural environment of Britain, and especially Dorset with its Purbeck stone cottages and wonderful old churches and farm buildings, I use a bold and direct approach of colour and tone. My watercolours usually include some line-work in ink, resulting in a fascinating mix of traditional and contemporary styles.
With a passion for all things artistic, I cannot remember a time when drawing and painting were not import...
My work is inspired by a lifelong passion for wildlife and the natural world, from the humble sparrow in my garden to watching humpback whales and wild horses in Iceland.
We tend to underestimate the huge, positive impact that immersing ourselves in nature has on our mental health and sense of well-being. Also a keen gardener, for me, working outside acts a a great antidote to the hours spent painting at my easel.
I paint from my studio at home near Sherborne in Dorset, where I use acrylics on...
I work in wide range of media and at different scales, often incorporating various forms of texture to enhance the visual experience. I am known for my distinctive use of colour with a recognisable style, despite the range of subjects I depict. I am striving to make my work more abstract, but aim to ensure that it is meaningful and that the viewer can relate the picture to its title.
Much of my representational work is in response to visits to Venice and is often based on evocative paintings...
I have been sculpting animals in clay from a very young age. I love animals, I have lived and worked on farms, milked cattle, ridden horses and had many and various pets. I am also fascinated by anatomy, and quite enjoy skinning a rabbit or butchering a deer! It gives me a good opportunity to see how all the bits look and work together. I am also fairly obsessed with clay, it must be one of the few materials for which you need no tools, only needing your hands. I have tried using plasticene and ...
I took up art late in life, developing a passion for painting - in pastel, acrylic and mixed media. I like to paint landscapes, abstracting from sketches and reference photographs. Drawing is important to me, as it is more personal than a photograph. I also enjoy painting portraits.
The main inspiration for my work is the countryside of Britain, especially the South West coast and its fishing villages and harbours. Harbours are fascinating, busy places with their promise of hard work, travel, danger and adventure. They are also peaceful and necessary havens offering safety and respite for returning adventurers and seafarers.
I use notes and sketches in situ but the picture design, choice of approach and execution of the painting is done in the studio. I need time to ref...
Born and educated in Highbury, North London.
Spent adult life in Dorset.
Attended Yeovil School of Art and then obtained a Teaching Diploma at Bath Teacher Training College taking Art and Ceramics as main study.
Have shown in many local and National Galleries notably:
The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
The Royal Bath and West Show
The Westminster Gallery, London.
Beaux Arts, Bath.
Studio Gallery, Midhurst.
Sadler’s Street Gallery Wells.
Alpha Gallery, Sherborne.