Several members of my family are teachers, so I was aware from quite an early age that this was a profession to be avoided at all costs! However, since I have been working as a professional full-time artist I have come into contact with so many people keen to learn about the way I work, and I have discovered what a pleasure it is to teach those who genuinely want to learn. Also, how much I can learn from others!
My own style of work is generally very meticulous and planned. It is based on a thorough understanding of the subjects I am rendering and the materials I'm working with. I explore through the process of drawing, mentally plotting subjects in three dimensions, so naturally I view drawing as a fundamental skill, and being able to draw well underpins everything I do and everything I teach.
I paint with watercolour, and for me a painting can take days, or even weeks to complete - depending on the size and complexity of the piece. The process is one of continual assessment and re-assessment, balancing tones and shapes, building form and colour in layers until I know I have captured the subject of the work in a believable way.
Of course this is just my way of working that has evolved over time to suit me personally, and when I'm working with students I can only show them what I do and why I do it. I also teach them to develop their observational skills, to learn to think like artists, and to develop their own individual ways of working so that they can express themselves through their artwork. I can't show anyone a rapid route to artistic success, but I can turn on a few lights, open a few doors - and I am constantly thrilled to see students make great strides along their learning curves after seemingly-small things have been pointed out to them.
The knowledge I feel able to pass on to others is in drawing and watercolour technique, but I do experiment with other media myself, and encourage students to do likewise. I teach adults through workshops, demonstrations and individual tuition. Those who come to me for one-to-one teaching are generally interested in watercolour master-classes in portraiture; others want to know how to draw horses accurately and sympathetically; and there are those who just want a troubleshooting session where I can assess problems and offer remedies for them.
- Future Tuition:
- One-to-one tuition
I inherited a precocious artistic talent from my great-grandfather, so by the time I was fourteen and a horse-mad teenager, I was accepting commissions for equestrian studies and selling paintings through local galleries.
I trained in business management and graphic design, learning skills which have served me well through a career in commercial art, where I have been involved both in managing companies and in producing artwork. Starting off in advertising, I moved into fine-art publishing and gallery management, and then ran a design-for-print business in west London. My work has been published in a variety of forms - from biscuit wrappers to limited-edition fine-art prints, to magazine and book illustrations - and distributed all over the world.
In the early 90s I started painting again for its own sake. Initialy this was just equestrian paintings, but I soon discovered an aptitude for portraiture, and gradually the making of equestrian art together with portraits of people and animals, has turned into a full-time career. Anatomical accuracy and attention to detail are important to me and characterise my style. I always strive to distil the spirit, the essence, of the subjects into my two-dimensional works, and I try to do this by weaving in the little characteristic things that bring a painting to life: the hair out of place; the slightest nuances of expression that reveal a personality, or tell the story of a lifetime . . . It is a great privilege to posses the ability to do this - even if only in a small, fairly crude way - and it is something I enjoy more than anything I have done previously.
I prefer to use watercolour or pencil as my tools of translation, and it is these media that I feel most able to teach others to use.
Most of my work is privately commissioned. I exhibit work regularly, often at high-profile venues, and I have won several awards in recent years. I am also a freelance illustrator, working mostly on children's educational books.
I am a Full Member of both The Society of Equestrian Artists, and The Society of Women Artists.
2013 The Horse in Art, Society of Equestrian Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2013 The Horse in Art, Obsidian Fine Art, Stoke Manderville, Bucks
2013 Spring Exhibition of The Horse, The National Horse Racing Museum, Newmarket, Suffolk
2013 3rd International Conference of Horse Breeding & Art, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
2012 The Horse in Art, Society of Equestrian Artists, The Menier Gallery, London SE1
2012 Annual Exhibition, Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2012 Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London SE1
2011 4 Selected Artists, eXpression Fine Art Gallery, Crowthorne, Berkshire
2011 Wokingham Arts Trail, The Peacock Gallery, Maiden Erlegh, Reading, Berkshire
2011 The Horse in Art, Society of Equestrian Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2011 Annual Exhibition, Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2011 Henley Arts Trail, Twyford, Berkshire
2011 A Feast For The Eyes - Artwork by Kristine Nason & Evgeniya Sharp, Pepe Sale Restaurant,
2011 Annual Exhibition, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2011 On The Edge, Reading Guild of Artists, The Old Fire Station, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
2010 Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, Windsor Racecourse, Windsor
2010 Annual Exhibition, Society of Equestrian Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2010 Annual Exhibition, Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2010 Henley Arts Trail, Twyford, Berkshire
2010 Working Drawings, The Peacock Gallery, Maiden Erlegh, Berks
2009 Annual Exhibition, Society of Equestrian Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2009 Annual Exhibition, Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2008 The Horse in Art, Obsidian Gallery, Stoke Manderville, Bucks
2008 The Society of Equestrian Artists, Mall Galleries, London SW1, and at Palace House, Newmarket
2008 Annual Exhibition, Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2008 Globe Gallery, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8DL
2008 Spring Exhibition of Equestrian Art, J.Manley Gallery, Eton, Windsor, Berkshire
2011 Artist of the Year, Artists & Illustrators Magazine - runner-up Portraits, with my watercolour "The Gift"
2006 Society of Equestrian Artists - Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Publishing Award
2001 Best Professional in the Portrait, Figure or Animal Category, SAA Artist of the Year
Drawing, Pencil/Charcoal, Watercolour
Animals, Figure, Life Drawing, Portrait