From as long ago as I remember I have sketched; in the early days villages and beaches in Cornwall, where my family comes from, and latterly in France, especially old farm buildings and interesting alleys and backstreets, where one can find fascinating vignettes of old doors, their knockers, hidden squares and gardens and other ancient features.
When we lived in Kent and I was bringing up our three daughters, I managed to escape into the surrounding countryside and painted iconic coast houses, beautiful country lanes and timber framed farm houses.
I also enjoy painting flowers in watercolour and was thrilled to have several of my paintings accepted in London at the SBA (Society of Botanical Artists) and SWA (Society of Women Artists).
The well-known artist, David Napp, introduced me to pastels on one of his French painting holidays - a medium I enjoy for the instant, vibrant colours. I also work in oils with palette knives and love the unpredictable effects they produce.
I've been a member of TAG for many years and thoroughly appreciate the camaraderie, inspiration and encouragement of the other members. While I paint for my own satisfaction, I do hope that my work is enjoyed by those who see it.