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I am an award winning ,virtually self taught artist, returning to painting following a full time teaching career based in Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire ,England.
During my school years, art and music lessons were my salvation and were sometimes used by frustrated teachers as bribery to encourage me towards better behaviour!
In my own teaching, art and creativity was a platform to enhance and encourage learning , self expression and confidence in students of all ages and abilities.My passion and enthusiasm reaped many rewards both for myself and my students.
40 years on ,It is now time to become self indulgent in the exploration and development of my own artwork .
Experimenting with a variety of mediums is exciting , and I find myself leaning towards watercolour as my favourite, because of its beautiful translucency and somewhat unpredictable and defiant nature. Exploring the paint and its endless possibilities provokes wonderful inner contentment with powerful emotions arising from describing objects ,places and events in an infinite combination of planned and unintentional watercolour marks.
My eyes , camera and sketch book are on permanent alert for images that catch my interest . These are hugely varied in subject and can appear in the most unlikely places , exhibiting textures, pattern, light and emotion in appealing combinations I love being outside and enjoy sketching and watercolour painting en plein air but the majority of my work is done in my studio working from sketches and photographs .
When a subject or scene captures my interest, I spend time taking many photographs from various angles ,adding or removing content if practical. The composition of a painting can be prepared and planned during this early photographic stage ,although I work in a flexible and increasingly looser fashion which enables editing as I work on the actual painting .
My painting style is an extension of my personality with areas of tight, controlled brush strokes contrasting with braver ,expressive , sweeping mark making , painted with large brushes and copious amounts of water splashed on in semi controlled freedom.
In the relatively short time I have been working with watercolours my confidence has increased enough to exhibit in open exhibitions around the country and have won several prestigious awards in recent years,
As an artist , standing and staring comes naturally as there is creative inspiration in virtually everything around us . I don't have a favourite subject area as yet but with a mark making tool in my hand, I become engrossed in any subject in its linear form .
I am privileged to feel and share such passion .