Me in my element - whether outside (especially by the sea in Cornwall) or in my garden studio.
I am striving to capture the light and essence of my subject, whether a seascape or still life, and to create
a harmony and “stillness” in the finished piece. My recent work is exploring paths to abstraction.
I love the possibilities of charcoal and paint and being absorbed in the creative process either on the many varied and wonderful courses and workshops I have attended – or in the solitude of my studio in the garden.
Studied Fine Art and the History of Art as part of a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Natal, Pietermarizburg, in South Africa (1983-86), and Graphic Design at the Berkshire College of Art & Design (1990-92). Followed a career as a graphic designer at OUP and continued as freelance designer in Oxford whilst raising a family. During this time I returned to painting more seriously. I have attended numerous courses and workshops in and around Oxford, Brookes University, Royal Academy of Art and at the School of Painting in
St Ives, exploring various techniques and processes whilst developing my own style. In 2017 I was accepted on the Intensive Development Porthmeor Programme at the School of Painting in St Ives, and the past two years have been following the online Art2Life Creative Visionary Programme and Academy – further understanding paths to abstraction.
I have exhibited with various galleries over the years, and am an active member of the Oxford Art Society.