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.
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 Cafe, Sharpe's Pottery museum, Swadlincote, DE11 9DG
November 8 & 9: Exhibition with Allestree Art group in an empty shop at Park Farm Centre, Allestree, DE22 2QQ
November 23: Art & craft stalls with Allestree Art group at St Edmund?s Church hall, Kingscroft, Allestree, Derby
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
Drawing, Pastels, Watercolour
Animals, Buildings, Fantasy, Landscape, Townscapes, Wildlife