I was born in the UK and grew up in a medieval village on the edge of the Cotswolds.
As a teenager I would wander across the fields with my improvised sketch book made from old Christmas cards, using pencil and pen and ink to sketch those familiar country scenes.
My passion for nature remains and is the main theme for many of my paintings.
I am generally a landscape artist and am inspired by the changes of season and the colours and textures of nature. The seasons of autumn and winter are the things that capture my heart and imagination. Autumnal landscapes are full of the colour and light that can only be found in that season of the year.
I also have a fondness for the snowy landscapes and find that the shading and sculpture of snow can soften and transform the harshest of environments.
Animals are also a feature in my paintings, creatures of the countryside and pets.
I have worked in acrylics and water colours but my preferred medium is oils.
I plan to extend my art education in water colour painting.
I was a geriatric nurse for a number of years and then went back to college.
I was school teacher for nearly 30 years. During this time I developed an interest in glass work, which continues to this day.
As a result of my well-known interest the art field, I was selected as a judge of the artistic entries at the Whittlesea Show for several years.
I retired from teaching approximately 11 years ago. I was then able to indulge my passion for painting.
I began painting at Red Door Studio in Nillumbik under the tutelage of Nell Frysteen.
I particularly enjoy the painting retreats with like minded artists and find these to be fertile ground for learning and inspiration and have had the privilege of learning from artists Sally Bowen and Annie Finkelde.
The portraiture tutorial at Red Door Studio, with Peter Wegner, the winner of the Archibald Prize 2021 was a highlight.
Red Door Painters, Research/Eltham, since 2014
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