I have painted and sketched since early childhood, my favourite subject being the old orchard fruit trees in our garden.

Following a Bachelor of Arts degree, I worked as an illustrator and graphic designer in studios in London and Dorset
- where I also illustrated natural-history information boards which were displayed throughout the county.

On raising a family, I felt driven to capture my children's likenesses on canvas and began painting more frequently - this time with myself as the client!

I now work in most media: acrylic (both impasto and glazed watercolour-style); oil; pastel; ink & pencil.
I like to record subjects which might pass unnoticed: flowers by the kerbside; a face in the crowd; a strip of sunlight on the lawn.
While attempting to render the 'ordinary, everyday' in paint, I frequently discover that the subject is far more extraordinary
than the first casual glance suggested!

Entering Open Art competitions has presented me with new challenges and I have been fortunate to have been selected for a number of these
juried exhibitions. A full exhibition record is listed on my website page: exhibitions:awards but my personal highlights are:
Winning the New Forest Open Art Competition in 2015 with 'Eyeworth Pond' Watch the New Forest Open video here
and being one of only 50 artists to be shortlisted for Artists & Illustrators Magazine's 'Artist of the Year 2017' Competition at the Mall Galleries, London.
It fulfilled an ambition to have a painting selected for the Mall Galleries and was really poignant for me as my entry was a painting of the old fruit trees in my former childhood garden.
I am indebted to Cowling and Wilcox for the following blog about my work here...

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