I grew up in London originally but moved to Slough in 1966 with my family. I remember being thrilled at receiving my first watercolour art box as a prize for a competition I entered and my teachers at secondary school encouraged me greatly and it was my number 1 ambition. In those days, we painted with powder paints on paper. I always drew inspiration from well known artists, especially Toulouse Lautrec and the Impressionists. However, to make ends meet, I trained and worked in offices. I always carried on painting as a hobbyist. My first exhibition was at Slough Arts Festival, which was active in the 1970's and enabled both visual artists, potters, ceramists, singers, dancers, film makers etc. to showcase their work.
After travelling to Israel, upon return I decided to pursue my dream of being an artist. So age 28, I enrolled at Art Berkshire College of Art and Design gaining an OND and HND in Graphic Design. This really brought out my drawing, painting, illustration and printmaking to the open. After working a few years in the graphics industry, I met and married my husband Dave, a fellow artist, and had two children.
I worked in education for some 18 years supporting children with their learning but also designing display boards, backdrops for plays and their productions and face-painting plus I was used in art lessons, helping the children draw.
My husband and I are members of Slough Art Society, a local group of artists of different age groups and backgrounds. I paint in a wide variety of materials including acrylics, oils, watercolour and pastels. I have especially been excited with encaustic art, which is hot wax, marbling, journaling and collage. In general though I am a realistic painter. I did find, however, encaustic art gives me free rein though to experiment so sometimes it is somewhat abstract. As I said I am inspired by the Impressionist painters, especially painting with light and using daubs of colour. We have visited Joaquin Sorolla , Van Gogh, Anthony Hopkins and Rembrandt.
I am a versatile painter and have produced both animal and human portraits and figure compositions, However, I also paint park scenes and landscapes, still life, cityscapes and local and international scenes. As well as this, I have digital illustration skills
CURRENTLY AND BEYOND
During the last year I have been studying an art mentoring course, which is Created to Thrive, which has really had an impact on my life as a time of transformation and growth with experimentation with a range of materials and techniques. It has also helped me to think about marketing myself as an artist. I have illustrated for a childrens' book and produced a lot of new work including encaustic, marbling and journaling, as well as the acrylic paintings.