I am, mostly, self taught although I do go to a class now and then. I took up my brushes in later life. I didn't think of either exhibiting or teaching at that point. Art was just something for me. A series of happy accidents combined to get me to where I am now. I work to commission, exhibit and teach. I'm thoroughly enjoying all of it.
I have lived in the same area all my life so, much of my earlier work was pen & wash scenes of places I know well.
Pencil was my starting point before moving to pen and watercolour and it remains my favourite medium. I still tend to base my work around watercolour although it has more of a leaning towards mixed media.
I enjoy experimenting with mediums, papers, and more unconventional tools. I also like to challenge myself with many different subjects.
Much of my work has a floral inspiration which comes from my love of gardening.
I am fortunate to live near our local RHS garden at Hyde Hall so, I am never short of ideas.
I also show and teach there.
I am quite well known for my portraits of both people and animals. These are always done in pencil so that I can get the level of detail which I like.
I find tremendous satisfaction in teaching. Sometimes, people just need that little push to set them on their path to either a hugely rewarding hobby or, perhaps, a satisfying career.