Spending much of the year travelling around the UK, I have given demonstrations or workshops to art groups on how to "paint" with pencils and pastels. In my new position as resident artist at the Shetland Art Co, I will be hosting workshops and demos at the shop premises in Lerwickand will also be continuing to offer 1 to 1 art tuition within Shetland or alternatively by email/post. If you would like further details, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Future Tuition:
- Painting Animals
I'm a self taught artist with a life-long passion for drawing and a love of animals - combining these two elements as a "job" is a dream come true. Like many natural artists, I have spent most of my life from a very early age drawing for my own amusement and that of friends and family. Having been steered away from a longing for a career in commercial art by an art teacher who felt it was a “man's world” I gave up any ideas of art as a living and trained as a senior secretary which enriched my life in lots of ways with secretarial roles in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London and Peru and the Rugby League Headquarters in Leeds to name but two! This training and experience was later to prove invaluable in my ability to organize and administer exhibitions.
Exhibiting my own work was a new step when I moved with partner Mike and daughter Alex to Sheffield and joined an art class to make new friends and learn how to paint rather than just using pencils – the biggest discovery being pastels which I'd never used before and took to immediately. Through exhibiting my work at shows, fairs and exhibitions, commissions poured in and I was forced finally to give up my “day job” and have never been without commissions in hand for the past 10 years. Fellow artists and the general public appreciate my ability to achieve a true likeness of the subject in portraits and wildlife paintings, and then go one step further to breathe life into them…
I have recently been delighted to be accepted as a Signature Member of the Worldwide Nature Artists Group and even more recently was awarded their Conservation Artist Award (June 2006)for excellence in art and special efforts in conservation.
Having recently moved to Shetland after many years of visiting this lovely place, I'm looking forward to more seascapes and wildlife paintings to come. I've just uploaded a set of Shetland Pony paintings commissioned as prizes for the recent Shetland Pony Breeders' Show held in Lerwick for the first time in 10 years. Prints of the 5 main paintings are limited editions but I've also started a range of cartoon style ponies which are available as open prints. Also hope to start up some painting holidays.
I used to co-organise 2 major events in the Sheffield area - the Great Sheffield Art Show at the Octagon Building, Sheffield University, in July and Art In The Gardens which is a beautiful outdoor event in September held in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens with its wonderfully restored Victorian Glasshouses. These two events are ongoing and for details you can contact Mike Fearne on 0114 2259989 (GSAS) or Howard Simpson on 0114 2736839 (AIG). I am currently exhibiting my work at the Shetland Art Co on Commercial St, Lerwick.
Conservation Artist Award from the Worldwide Nature Artists Group (June 2006) for excellence in art and extraordinary work in conservation