I am a self-taught artist and have been painting watercolours for over 20 years and was elected a Member of the British Watercolour Society in 2003. I enjoy painting architecture in watercolours, building up transparent layers and creating texture in the stone and brickwork. I also enjoy sketching and love walking on the moors and fells particularly in the Dales and the Lake District with my sketchbook and camera capturing the effects created by the light in the landscape. I love clouds and the shafts of light on the landscape when the sun appears. I have also recently started to explore the use of soft pastels for landscapes and woodland and I am currently working on a series of woodland paintings.
Since my recent retirement I have been using my knowledge of watercolour to 'paint with wool', creating pictures in felt. I am enjoying working with the wool and the learning process involved to create the pictures, building up layers of wool just like in my watercolour paintings.
I have completed several commissions in watercolour including (in 2000 / 2002) 3 large paintings for Halifax plc of their head office buildings in Leeds, Halifax and Edinburgh. My latest commission was a painting of Leeds Parish Church (now Leeds Minster) for a retiring church official. Postcards of this painting are available at the Minster.
I exhibit in joint exhibitions locally.
November 2011 - St Gemma's Hospice Art Show - Leeds Grammar School
11 February 2012 - 26 February 2012 - Art in the Barn, Oakwell Hall, Birstall, West Yorkshire
17 & 18 August 2012 - Ilkley Art Show, Winter Gardens, Ilkley (10.00 - 4.00)
Thurs 25 October - Sunday 28 October 2012 at The Grammar School Leeds (St Gemma's Hospice Art Exhibition)
9 February 2013 - 23 February 2013 - Art in the Barn, Oakwell Hall, Birstall, West Yorkshire (11 am - 4.00 pm)
Friday 16 & Saturday 17 August 2013 - Ilkley Art Show, Winter Gardens, Ilkley (10 am - 4 pm)
24 - 27 October 2013 - St Gemma's Hospice Leeds Art Exhibition and Sale - Grammar School at Leeds
- Future Exhibitions:
- St Gemma's Hospice Leeds Art Exhibition
1995 - Highly Commended - Won St Cuthbert Mill Award (BSP Exhibition Ilkley) and elected a Companion of the International Guild of Artists (CIGA)
2001 - Elected Associate of the British Watercolour Society (ABWS)
2003 - Elected Member of the British Watercolour Society (BWS)
Drawing, Pastels, Pen & Ink, Pen And Wash, Pencil/Charcoal, Watercolour, Watercolour Pencil
Buildings, Flowers And Gardens, Landscape, Townscapes, Trees and Foliage, Wild Flowers