Riding on the Dorset coast
Art is a thread running throughout my family, including acting, painting and many craft skills. I was born in London in 1950. I thoroughly enjoyed art as a teenager and had many paintings exhibited whilst at school. However, my life took a path away from art for many years. Marriage, a family, moving house to the countryside and fate took a hand. I was introduced to long distance riding with two wonderful horses, ‘Beau’ and ‘Chad’. We covered distances up to fifty miles in a day, into the hidden depths of the countryside and over the spectacularly beautiful Dorset coastline.
Blackmore Vale - Winner, Best Acrylic,
Ringwood Summer Exhibition 2010
Out in all weathers, in such a natural environment, the artist in me buried years before rose to the surface. Everywhere I looked, I saw a picture, in dark skies over the sea, in a fantastic sunset, a wonderful landscape, and in the depths of the forest finally, the urge to paint, could no longer be ignored.
I took up my brushes, blew the dust off my palette, practised at workshops and, enrolled as a student to take the path I had lost so many years before. I successfully completed City & Guilds, Mixed Media/Visual Techniques and a National Diploma in Art & Design at the Arts University College Bournemouth. Further studies followed at the Norfolk Oil Painting School, using traditional techniques and, at Kensington Palace Studios, London, paint making and life painting. I now regularly show and sell my work at exhibitions mainly in the south of England.
Jean & Horses
I feel privileged to be a Professional Associate of The Society for All Artists.
New experiences in Art happen all the time at Cottage Farm where I live with my family, on the New Forest/East Dorset border. I have a lovely studio overlooking our own grazing fields. Art Workshops are offered, using a variety of media and subjects. All abilities are welcome.
Art, like life, is a continual learning curve, over which we have little control. Each mark, thought, word or line adds to, or deviates from, the experience on the journey.