Having been born and brought up in Somerset I have lived on the Mendip Hills for nearly twenty-five years.
I would describe myself as a direct painter who likes to respond to a subject in an immediate and expressive manner. The atmosphere of the local Mendip landscape inspires me to make monochromatic drawings using charcoal or graphite. More recently I have been exploring printmaking techniques, in particular monotypes, as a medium through which I can achieve the changing moods and wonderful contrasts of light and dark. In contrast, I have found that mark-making with vibrant pastels allows me to describe the dramatic landscape of Dartmoor, which I also love, in a manner that suits the direct way I like to work.
My love for teaching must just be a part of me. I am told I am enthusiastic and encouraging. All I know is that I get a great deal of pleasure out of imparting the knowledge I have gained over the years to willing and interested students and watching them grow week by week both in confidence and in ability. Even a one-day workshop can leave someone feeling rejuvenated and inspired.