Painting is fun it should be viewed as such. I paint mainly in watercolour although I have been known to introduce pastel and coloured pencil to a specific piece. Watercolour is my chosen medium because of its transparency. Using a limited palette and keeping to transparent colours, I enjoy experimenting with colour.
Watercolour became my passion whilst living in Botswana. Intrigued with the dark shadows and bright lights, light and dark has become an important part of what I teach. Having a back ground in teaching and an intense interest in watercolour and its behaviour, I never stop learning; being self-taught whilst as the same time having learnt through self study courses, workshops and a lot of practise.
Tutoring watercolour to 6 art groups in the Staffordshire area and leading a series of courses each year at the Staffs Wildlife Trust at Wolseley Bridge my weeks are filled with what I love. Demonstrating and holding one day workshops to art groups across the country, I have been extremely gratified with the response from those who attend.
It is rewarding to see the pleasure that introducing students to the medium of watercolour gives to people. My aim is to to impart my sense of joy, freedom and release that I get from painting, whilst at the same time encouraging others to develop their own style and have the confidence to paint unaided.
As part of my teaching portfolio I organise and run painting holidays both in the UK and in Europe. These weeks away are an extension of my structured classes. For a week those who attend get to see new places and set their own pace. It is a chance to get away from the weekly chores and paint. What more can one ask for?