I went to Portsmouth Art school 1988-93 & studied Fine Art and Illustration. In 2000 I set up my first studio in our family home on Hayling Island.
From 2007 for 5 years, I had group tuition with a top artist learning oil techniques and landscape painting.
I also did a teacher training course & qualified in 2011 to teach adults art.
In 2012 I got married and moved to Hindhead, Surrey. A gorgeous art studio was built for me in the garden.
I set up two oil painting courses for adults in Farnham & Haslemere, covering many aspects such as colour and tone. As I want more time to paint I now teach them once a month.
A book called ‘Daily Painting’ by Carol Marine changed my creative direction and I started daily painting January 1st 2016, I set up my blog & post every time I paint. By painting small, often and with a wide variety of subjects from life, my painting technique has improved enormously.
Surrey Open Studios, June 2015
Opening my studio to the public, my daily paintings were a hit and they sold like hot cakes!
Meaning – painting outdoors. In March 2016 I faced a fear of painting outside and so set myself up with all the gear and started.
I now love the challenge. It’s exciting trying to capture the fleeting light, colour and movement. I can’t get enough of it!
Similar to my still life painting, ‘plein air’ has been a steep learning curve. I used to spend weeks in the studio on one painting now it’s 2-3 hours outside, learning the different techniques on how to do this. I enjoy experimenting and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
I taught two local Oil Painting courses for 18 months, I have now stopped to concentrate on my art career. I hope to come back to teaching in the future.