I first came to Suffolk on holiday in 1975 and
I loved it so much
I never went back to Northamptonshire!

I fell in love with the wonderful countryside, the way of life and the people. The 'house on the corner' in Weybread has been my home for the last 35 years and there is nowhere I would rather live. I spend a lot of time on the road and visit all corners of Britain in the course of my work but am happiest when I am heading back home to Suffolk They say "home is where the heart is" and my heart is definitely in Suffolk.

My interest in art started as a child and I was always drawing and painting. I went on to study Art and History of Art at A-level and then trained as an Occupational Therapist. I studied Art as a therapeutic medium whilst at college but then didn't pick up a paintbrush again for 33yrs! In 2004 I went on a weekend art break and I was hooked again. Several more workshops and painting holidays followed and I have worked at developing my own style since then. Early artists who have influenced and inspired me are Constable, Turner and Monet and more recently Seago, Yardley and Wesson. With the age of the computer has also come access to a multitude of reference materials, resources and information.

Working mainly in watercolour, I am passionate about painting water and boats, also landscapes and skies, and where better to live and be inspired than East Anglia, with its beautiful coastline, harbours, landscapes and fantastic big open skies? I enjoy visiting the many small harbours around our coast to paint "en plein aire" and also to gather photographic references for use in the studio.

For the last few years I have been teaching art classes and running workshops from my studio in Weybread. I really love the teaching side and enjoy putting a previous teaching qualification to good use.

I have had paintings in several exhibitions and indeed have works in private collections in the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia, and South Africa and received a "commended" certificate for my painting "Saturday at Pin Mill" in the SAA Artist of the Year Competition 2009. I have also undertaken several commissions.

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