I am a self taught artist and have always had an interest in art. As a child if I was sitting I was usually drawing or colouring. It is only in latter years, when the children were flying the nest, that I began painting in earnest, developing my own style by practice and play, never quite knowing what the finished result will be.
I work mainly from sketches, using a variety of media including watercolour, oils and mixed media, to depict the surrounding countryside and its flora and fauna. I also enjoy using materials and paper collage to create stitched textiles. I have exhibited with Crichel Fine Arts and have also in the past had work accepted for the Southampton City Art Gallery Open Exhibition and Salisbury Arts Centre exhibitions. I have worked on many private commissions including the production of an illustrated Millennium Map Board for West Parley Parish Council and have created artwork for clients on behalf of Gazelle Design. I was fortunate to receive an award for creativity in the PEDAS 2011 Open Exhibition at the Gallery Upstairs, Poole and received a Highly Commended for textile artwork in the 2013 Salisbury Artcare Open Exhibition. I previously worked as an Art Tutor throughout Dorset for the Adult Education Service, tutoring pupils in the skills of watercolour painting. I have also tutored at the Kingcombe Centre in west Dorset. I moved back to Salisbury three years ago and now run the Valley Art Group at South Newton. I am interested in the history of art and hold a First Class Honours degree in Humanities with Art History. I also hold a Level 2 City and Guilds Certificate in Machine Stitched Textiles. email: email@example.com
I have lived in Salisbury for over 20 years, joining the Salisbury Group of Artists a few years ago. A self taught artist, I have always had a passion for drawing and painting – I started sketching in my late teens, during my travels around the world in the merchant navy. A hectic business life then kept me away from the palette for 34 years, until retirement once again gave me the opportunity to concentrate on my art.
I work mainly in oils and acrylic, painting buildings, landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits. My style ranges from the very detailed (for buildings and still life) through to a more open style with a palette-knife (for land and seascapes). I enjoy both precise, detailed brushwork and the randomness of the palette-knife, when one never knows where the merging colours will take the painting. I am also fascinated by portrait work, because seeing an image coming to life on the canvas is hugely satisfying.
My inspiration comes from a broad spectrum of sources, from the detailed expressive works of Renaissance artists such as Botticelli to the intricacy and quirkiness of buildings (particularly those seen on my travels around France). Additionally, nature provides an endless variety of powerful subjects, such as the forces of wind and sea depicted in my recent series of rough weather paintings.
Why do I paint? Because the relaxation it affords allows me to become absorbed in the mysteries of creativity. Because of the challenge of working with colour of every sort. Because it gives a fantastic sense of achievement. Because I see painting as a life-long project, filled with endless opportunities.
I try to paint every day, even if it is only for 10 minutes.
You can see my work in the occasional solo exhibitions which I organise around Salisbury as well as at events arranged locally by others.
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