This is My Story
I am influenced by the visual world as seen from nature, travel, reading, and by internal emotions and narratives that move me to paint. Always seeking to capture the essence of movement with an aim to retaining the original beauty that inspired me to paint a particular subject. My first artistic influence was from my Architect Father who encouraged me to draw and express my creativity from an early age of which I did on any surface I could find. My Mother introduced me to the depth of colour, texture and detail in soft furnishings and my Grandmother taught me and encouraged creative fun in crafts. At 16 years I studied Graphic Design for 5 years; first at Scarborough Technical College and later Cumbria College of Arts, with a value for traditional art studies, the graphic design element is evident in my work with acrylics, creating clear lines, smooth blocks of vibrant colour and in portraits based on a simple yet striking background to enhance the foreground subject. I started creating works of swans in pen and ink several years ago in my time off when working as a Gestalt Therapist. I exhibited and sold a number of these which led to commissions in pen and ink and then of other birds in acrylic. I retired from working as a therapist in late 2014 so I could fully dedicate my time to painting. In 2015 my partner and I traveled the UK and France, sometimes by car and on some eventful occasions in a 26 ft yacht, before arriving and spending several months in La Manga, Spain. While there I experimented and explored my painting style. This was influenced by the contrasts of the crisp blue Mediterranean sea, the milkiness of the Salt Lake Sea of the Mar Menor and the soft creams and yellows of the sand and painted buildings. When the Spanish summer season had come to an end we returned to the UK, first to North Wales, and many other locations in the UK. In October 2017 I returned from a summer working in the Vendee, France and I am now based in North Lancashire, with the beauty of the Cumbrian Lakes and mountains providing inspiration.