I went to art school straight from school, and was fortunate to be accepted as a postgraduate student of the Slade School of Art Printmaking Department. After I left the Slade, I started teaching part time in art schools, to help subsidise my art practice, and I discovered I loved teaching and being involved with creative people, so I continued working as a painter/printmaker and teacher. I have many years of teaching experience, in art schools, adult education and in my own private classes, and now I also hold painting holidays and demonstrate my working methods to local art groups.
I started painting seriously in watercolour when my children were young – printmaking was far too time-consuming! There are similar aspects to both disciplines; both lithography and watercolour are essentially transparent mediums and they share a repertoire of subtle visual qualities. Certainly both media require sensitive handling, knowledge and confidence! Watercolour is a capricious medium; it can be a difficult medium to master, but the transparency, the beautiful colours, and the extraordinary variety of qualities are a delight to work with.
My paintings are a personal interpretation of the landscape and I particularly enjoy painting water in watercolour. I take photographs for reference, and I also draw and paint outside using lively marks and colour to help me record my inspiration. Then I return to the studio to add mood and atmosphere using carefully chosen colours, pouring washes and water and letting the pigment run and find its own way in the painting. There is often a lot of wastage!
I am currently Chairman of the Dorking Group of Artists, and take part in their regular exhibition programme.