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 in my previous job and visited 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.
Although mostly self-taught I have attended many courses, in watercolours and oils, and 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 many exhibitions and have sold works that are now in private collections in the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia, and South Africa and I have also undertaken several commissions.