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I have been painting seriously for some 30 years and now work from my small studio in Farnham, Surrey. I gained a degree in Fine Art Printmaking from West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1981. I have since worked on commissions from all over the world and have exhibited countrywide. I have my own range of greeting cards and take workshops with children. These have also led to the designing of art projects for festivals and shops.
The vibrant colours of flowers have always fascinated me and I find that Watercolour is the perfect medium to capture their qualities. I think that their appeal is timeless and I hope to capture both the calm and vitality I always feel in studying my subjects. You can see some examples in my Flowers and Nature Gallery.
In recent times my work has diversified quite a bit. Sometime ago I was commissioned to paint a florist shop and the subsequent painting was reproduced as greeting cards. The result of that initial painting has been a flow of commissions for local shop fronts and houses. You can see some examples in my Buildings and Places Gallery.
I also did some design for a company making art projects for Crafts 4 Kids, an online children’s store that led to further artwork design for festivals, Great Ormond Street Hospital and for private companies.
I find that producing work from such different subject matter enables me to return afresh to painting natural plant forms. Change is always good and it challenges you! A little potted history of my working and learning can be found here, in addition to my past work for events and exhibitions and commissions over the years.
I admire the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, in particular his ability to capture the lyrical quality of plant forms; also Paul Hogarth for his quirky take on architecture and buildings; and finally Elizabeth Blackadder whose paintings filled me with delight as a child. Recently I had the pleasure of having one of my paintings displayed with hers at a London event.
I hope you enjoy looking at my work on this website, and I look forward to hearing from you if you would like to know more.