Occasional workshops given, on animals, birds or buildings in watercolour
I've spent most of my working life in medical research, but at last started 'seriously' painting some years ago. I've had no formal art training, but have attended some excellent adult education art classes.
Watercolour is my favourite medium – I love its delicacy and spontaneity . I've also done some work in pencil and pen, and have recently moved into pastel too, a lovely versatile medium, but can be messy! Having a lifelong interest in wildlife, animals (of all kinds) and landscapes are my preferred subjects, though townscapes and buildings also appeal to me; I'll also paint flowers, even people sometimes.
For landscapes, although I sometimes work from photographs, there's nothing to beat painting ‘on the spot', capturing the colour and feel of the moment. For animal studies my source material includes photographs but I also use sketches, TV footage, mounted specimens....
My style can mostly be described as traditional, but I sometimes branch out into the semi-abstract.
I've shown work at numerous local exhibitions over the past years, have contributed illustrations to some local publications, and I'll take commissions.
March 30 (Easter Saturday): Exhibition with Allestree Art group in a shop in Park Farm Centre, off Birchover Way, Allestree, DE22 2QN
April 6 & 7: Darley Abbey Art & Craft exhibition, Darley Abbey Village Hall, off New Road, DE22 1DS
May 5 & 6: Willington Arts Festival Arts Trail. I will be located in the Village Hall, Twyford Road
May 18: Stall at Etwall Well Dressing weekend, in John Port School
May 25 to 27: Derbyshire Open Arts weekend. I will once again be in Darley Abbey Village Hall, (off New Road, DE22 1DS), with 5 fellow artists. This county-wide event is now in its eighth year.
June 24 to 29: Paintings in Derby Sketching Club's exhibition, in the Guildhall foyer, Derby Market Place
June 29 & 30: Exhibition in the Garden Loggia, at Kedleston Hall, with Allestree Art Group
July 6 & 7: Stall in the Gothic Warehouse at the Art & Makers Festival, Arkwright's Mill, Mill Lane, Cromford, DE4 3RQ
August 24 (preview), 25,26: Paintings in Ticknall Summer Painting Exhibition, Dame Catherine Harpur School, Rose Lane, Ticknall. Always an excellent show.
August 25 & 26: Exhibition in the Garden Loggia, at Kedleston Hall, with friends
September 6 to 12: Joint exhibition with Barbara Smith at the Gallery, Arkwright's Mill, Cromford. We will be offering workshop sessions during this event, details soon.
October 1 to 31: Paintings exhibited in the Caf?, Sharpe?s Pottery museum, Swadlincote, DE11 9DG
November 28 to December 7: 'Assemblage' exhibition group in the Guildhall foyer, Derby
I also have paintings and prints on show at The Friar's House, Dale Abbey, Ilkeston DE7 4PN
- Future Exhibitions:
- Derbyshire Open Arts
Drawing, Pastels, Watercolour
Animals, Buildings, Fantasy, Landscape, Townscapes, Wildlife