In brief ...
I'm an Artist and Art Tutor, in my other life stressed Mum of 6 (yes, you did read that right!)
Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
Three times selected as finalist in the Broadway Arts Festival.
Represented at The Gallery, Pershore, Worcestershire
Regular exhibitor at Worcestershire Open Studios
Award winning artist
A slightly longer version goes a bit like this ....
Like anyone else who has aways loved drawing, that's what I spent a lot of time doing as a child (often sneaking in a portrait of a sleeping dog or parent when they weren't aware). After a foundation in General Art & Design I went at Art School, trained in Graphic Design and worked in the industry for several years before starting a family.
Roll on many more years and I'd become full time mum to an extra 3 children as well as my own, but thankfully I took up the opportunity to rekindle my love for figure drawing at evening Life Drawing Classes. Well, it certainly beat sorting out the sock pile!
Within 4 yrs I was asked to guest Tutor in Watercolour and Life Drawing/Portraiture Classes at the venue I'd attended as a student. As well as teaching there I then set up my own independent Watercolour Classes and then expanded to Portrait and Figure Drawing Tutoring with online and face to face classes.
The online classes are interactive and thus have proven to be a great way for students, many of whom have never met in person, to form friendships and offer encouragement and support to each other.
The face to face classes are held at my home studio/gallery and are also recorded via Zoom and can be attended online should a student wish to participate whilst they are not able to attend in person.
When I'm not teaching I paint for exhibitions and commissions. I tend to prefer painting 'something with eyes' so my work mainly concentrates on creatures, be they big or small, furry or feathered.
I work primarily in watercolour, mainly from photographs (animals and children make poor sitters), and occasionally in pastel. However, underlying any work is the basic fundamental, drawing. It's something that should be practised regularly so I feel very privileged to be able to transfer this skill from my drawing demonstrations in my art classes to a finished painting.