I am an amateur artist who left school with a GCE in art and never thought about painting again until I retired. During my early years of retirement I moved to Malta, where my exciting adventure in to painting began again. I attended the School of Fine Art in Valletta as a senior student. It was all very exciting to attend such a famous school in such a wonderful historical setting. The arched windows of the classrooms had sensational views over the sky, sunsets and deep blue sea – you needed to pinch yourself in case you were dreaming. It was here, through the ‘ history of art’ classes where I was first inspired by Impressionist Art and artists. I realised this was a different way of painting and something I wanted to do – I really wanted to try and paint this way.
I returned to the UK, Southend area 5 years ago and joined the local college where I have developed my paintings skills under the guidance of our excellent teacher Dave Crawford. 2017 was a good year to me - I was lucky enough to have 3 of my paintings chosen in the final for the Essex Life Magazine Artist of the Year 2017.
Through Dave’s class and fellow students I heard about Southend Art Club and I joined last year. I have enjoyed every moment especially the informative lectures given by the club on a regular basis.
In my choice of 12 paintings I have included my first painting (a street scene in Malta), another of a Maltese loaf, and my first ever charcoal drawing ‘David’, some landscapes; and my recent new love in painting – soldiers, military and historical events. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed creating them.