I've been painting on and off all of my life. Although I’ve had no formal training in art, various tutors have guided me for short periods over the years. As a child, I was raised in the small village of Gumley in Leicestershire. Even at junior school, it soon became apparent to me that I loved drawing and painting - I could sit for hours and amuse myself with any sort of medium.
After coming top of my form in art before leaving school, it wasn’t until my mid
twenties that I sought further education in the form of an oil painting course at
a local school, with a tutor named Edna Bull. Around twenty years later followed a couple of years watercolour
painting under the tuition of Mary Rodgers. Some time later, Joyce Markie ran a course of life drawing locally, which was to help with my fascination for portrait work. After initially working with watercolour, then acrylics and other media, I am now regularly using oil in a more impressionistic manner.
Formerly the Exhibition Secretary of the Market Harborough Art Club, I am currently a committee member of Oadby Artists compiling and maintaining the website there. I am also a member of the South Leicestershire Art Group and member of the Langton Art group. I have had work selected for the Leicester Open26 and have had work sold at the Leicester Open27, and have exhibited and sold work at the Little Theatre gallery in Leicester. I also exhibit work locally at venues including the Harborough Theatre, Great Bowden Visual Arts, Quinn's Gallery and in the foyer of the Market Harborough Building Society. I have sold paintings locally including commissioned work, and some of my paintings and marquetry work have been shipped to the US and South Africa.
Where to see my work?
Some of my work is currently on display at:
Quinn's Gallery in the High Street, Market Harborough.