I was born in Sussex and have always painted, belonging to a local art club when I was a teenager. I attended courses at Brighton Polytechnic (as it was then) and at the St Ives School of Painting in Cornwall, where I met many of the well known artists living and working there. I continue to return to St Ives every year for further inspiration. This has really influenced the direction of my art from figurative to a more abstract concept.
I paint mainly in acrylics and most of my semi-abstract work originates from the familiar area where I live. Strong composition and emotive colour interest me most, aiming to create an individual interpretation of the landscape and to lift the spirits.Over a period of ten years I had paintings shown frequently at the Mall Galleries in London and in 2002 I won the Royal Watercolour Society Award in the C21 Open Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery.
I taught art and mixed media to adult students for fifteen years and exhibited my work throughout Sussex and in St Ives, Cornwall. Some paintings are in collections in America, Germany, Denmark and Canada and Russia.
2005 - 2014 I was elected President of the Sussex Watercolour Society. From 2005 - 2011 I became a member of Chalk Gallery, an artist-led co-operative in Lewes, and was a member for six years.
Some of my semi-abstract landscapes can be seen at the Alfriston Arts Gallery, High Street, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5SY www.alfristonarts.co.uk
"Pattern" showing at the Artichoke Gallery, Church Street, Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7AE from January 15th - March 26th 2016. www.artichokegallery.co.uk
Sussex Watercolour Society Exhibition at Henfield Village Hall, from 10th - 12th June 2016 www.sussexwatercoloursociety.com
Guildford Arts in the Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford from 4th - 22nd July 2016. www.guildfordarts.com
Brighton Art Fair 2016 from September 22nd - 25th at the Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton. www.brightonartfair.co.uk
Ming Art Gallery and Teahouse, Hove, from October 2016 - January 2017
Guest Artist at Chalk Gallery, Lewes, January 30th - March 12th 2017 www.chalkgallerylewes.org
Alfriston Arts Gallery, Alfriston High Street. Ongoing. www.alfristonarts.co.uk