7 – 13 November 2012
- As an artist I feel absolutely and deeply compelled to paint, should I be unsuccessful at the process I would still feel compelled to paint regardless. The process of art for me is a manifestation of my feelings and expression, even if subtly invested into realistic works. It is a way to distil, process, and relieve life’s experiences, a chance to inspire, to bring beauty. I have always appreciated the arts, even since childhood, and love the teaching of it. My specialisation is portraiture, where the expression of personality and the presence of character through individual perspectives bring me the most personal satisfaction.
- To capture the essence of a person has always been my goal. My technique has always been self-taught, a lifetime of tips and experimentation, a never ending struggle to achieve the feel I have always been looking for. While I painted originally in oils, in recent years I have specialised in watercolour, my style diverting from the accepted norms, often using thick media, equally thick paper, and little water, compiling an image in layers to create vibrancy. I paint for an average of five hours daily.
- I regularly enter competitions, often scheduling my painting to coincide with gallery events, my first entries were to The Sunday Times Competition in 2005, and my portrait of “Norman” was shown in the Mall Galleries London. Since that time many others have been shown, 19 occasions in all, including entries to the Society of Women Artists, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Society of Wildlife Artists, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. I am listed in “Who’s Who in Art” by Charles Baile de Laperriere. I am a member of several clubs, The Fosse Way Artists, the Cheltenham Art Society, Swindon Village art Society. I have undertaken many commissions and celebrity portraits.