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 then moved to using oil in a more impressionistic manner.
Lately, I've been experimenting with other types of medium like gouache and lino printing, both of which are a very satisfying way of spending my days in a creative manner.
I am a very active member of the Market Harborough Art Club, which is unique in the fact that it is a type of society that has very much a hands-on approach to art. I am also a member of the South Leicestershire Art Group and member of the Langton Art group. I have had work regularly selected for the Leicester Open Events where I have made sales. I've also 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 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.