I was born in England but my father's work took the family to Africa when I was a baby. He was an engineer on the Railways, designing steam trains at that time and we were often in the bush so I grew up seeing the wonderful wildlife of Africa all around me and fell in love with it. The beauty and power of animals is definitely a major theme in my work and it is a great sadness to me that these animals are so endangered today; hunted and poached to the brink of extinction in a few short decades.
Returning to the UK at nineteen years old, I married and brought up a family in London. When my children were older, I began painting in earnest for a living and had a business doing Murals and Faux finishes for several years. I then became a studio artist for " Dragons of Walton Street” - bespoke children’s furniture designers. During my years there I gained both commercial and design skills and mastered the Art of painting on wood. After eight years I decided I wanted to pursue my own path as an Artist and to learn more Fine Art techniques. In France I spent a year in the teaching studios of master Realist painter and author, Ted Seth Jacobs. The training I experienced with him armed me with the technical ability to communicate my artistic vision far more clearly. Later I went on to Florence to pursue some further studies, while immersing myself in the the wonderfully rich culture and history that is simply everywhere in that ancient city.
Exhibitions: I have exhibited with several Art Societies and groups in the UK and France. These include The Society of Women Artists in Westminster, The UK Association of Animal Artists and The Ashdown Artists in West Sussex, of which I am a current member.
Tutoring:Following a few years tutoring for Central Sussex College, I now also do some private tutoring and run a weekly Art Group locally.
About the Artist
Some of the Artists and students at my weekly Art Group, drawing from a model. If you are local to the East Grinstead area and would like to attend one, please contact me.
I am an English Artist based in the beautiful County of West Sussex . I spend a fair ammount of time in California too, where I gain inspiration for my more tropical pieces and sea paintings. In addition to my own work I undertake commissions. Notable portrait commissions include series Portraits for the CBS television network in LA, and in 2014, a very large canvas of the rapper “Drake” with twenty friends for his LA home. Below a few of several press pieces I received, mainly on the basis of not knowing who he actually was initially!
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