I've been painting on and off all of my life. Although I’ve had no formal training in art, various tutors have guided me for short periods over the years. As a child, I was raised in the small village of Gumley in Leicestershire. Even at junior school, it soon became apparent to me that I loved drawing and painting - I could sit for hours and amuse myself with any sort of medium.
After coming top of my form in art before leaving school, it wasn’t until my mid
twenties that I sought further education in the form of an oil painting course at
a local school, with a tutor named Edna Bull. Around twenty years later followed a couple of years watercolour
painting under the tuition of Mary Rodgers. Some time later, Joyce Markie ran a course of life drawing locally, which was to help with my fascination for portrait work. After initially working with watercolour, then acrylics and other media, I am now regularly using oil in a more impressionistic manner.
Formerly the Exhibition Secretary of the Market Harborough Art Club, I am currently a committee member of Oadby Artists, a member of the South Leicestershire Art Group and member of the Langton Art group. I have had work selected for the Leicester Open26 and Open27, and have exhibited and sold work at the Little Theatre gallery in Leicester. I also exhibit work locally at venues including the Harborough Theatre, Great Bowden Visual Arts, Quinn's Gallery and in the foyer of the Market Harborough Building Society. I have sold paintings locally, and paintings and marquetry work in the US and South Africa.
Where to see my work?
Some of my work is currently on display at:
Quinn's Gallery in the High Street, Market Harborough
Leicester Open 28. Old Library Gallery, 50–54 Belvoir Street, Leicester, LE1 6QL (6th July until Saturday 26th of August 2017)