About me

I am an artist because I can’t imagine being anything else. A day doesn’t seem complete if I haven’t put paint on paper. I use art to make the best of the world I live in, especially making it more colourful – most important in a grey, wet, Devon winter!

I am a mostly self taught artist inspired by the colours and textures of the landscape around me. My grandmother taught me a love of nature and its colours when I was a child and since then I have always been influenced by colour. However, my artistic attempts were not encouraged at school, and it was not until I was approaching 50 that I began painting in order to record my responses to the landscapes which ‘grab’ me.

Now, I have my sketching equipment with me all the time: terrified atop the London Eye, wandering the streets of Paris, struggling up a Bulgarian mountain, relaxing in a Greek harbourside taverna, waiting for trains, planes and buses.

Whenever possible I walk the lanes and tracks close to home making quick sketches of the scenes around me, looking for the many varied colours in what at first seems very ordinary. On a bright winter’s day Dartmoor gleams gold and russet, but even when so-called grey clouds fill the sky, it is amazing what colours I can find. In the merciless heat of a Greek summer the reds, ochres and purples are both stark and hazy. Recently I have discovered the complete opposite to these towering landscapes - the huge skies overarching the fens and coastal marshes of Eastern England.

Back at home I use my sketches to create paintings full of colour and memories of the places I have been. I work mostly in watercolour, but not in a traditional way. I usually start a work with a light wash of watercolour or acrylic ink in colours to reflect the mood of the painting. On days when I can’t think what to paint or where to start I will spend time ‘playing’ with paint effects, perhaps a mono-print method or painting through tissue paper, then waiting to see what the results suggest – a line of trees with moorland in the background, a bouquet of flowers, a wood in autumn, a summer flower border. Other times I sit in the battered armchair in my studio with a cup of hot chocolate in one hand and a book of poems in the other – soon ideas come rolling in.

I began selling my work in 2005 at exhibitions, local venues and art fairs. There are examples of my work in collections locally and further afield, as far as New York, Uganda and Australia.