I am largly self taught; but continue to learn by attending workshops and classes, reading avidly and experimenting with paint.
The more I use watercolour the more intrigued I become with the qualities of the medium, trying to extend it to its limits, still painting my favourite subjects. My personal work is animals, with an emphasis on wildlife and portraits for exhibiting: I do domestic pet commissions.
In my weekly tuition groups, I teach and demonstrate landscapes and flowers as well as animals. I run a series of weekly classes for the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at their Headquarters in Staffordshire. I teach watercolour because I love the medium and the interaction with people. I honestly believe that with practice and perseverance, anyone can paint. I try to impart the transparency of watercolour; its ability to paint itself, which is so unique to the medium. In my teaching I keep to my ethos which is ‘what you do must be fun’, and in so doing inspire my students to move on to new levels.
Painting is fun and I firmly believe it should be viewed as such. I attempt to infuse joy into my paintings often making them slightly ‘quirky’. In so doing I put my inner self into my animal paintings which are often portraits as opposed to landscapes containing animals.
I love the transparency of the medium and feel that no other medium can match its qualities which make it so suitable for painting the light and colours of Africa.
I have exhibited, and continue to exhibit in Botswana, South Africa and the UK, most notably the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA) and have work in private collections across the world.
I am a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society, and President of the Stafford Art Group.
I try to share with my students the joy, sense of freedom and release that I get from painting, whilst at the same time encouraging them to put their own style and personality into their work.
Anyone wanting to know more about myself, my work or my classes, is welcome to contact me on my mobile 077141 00921 or via the contact form below.