I have lived in Derbyshire for most of my life, and now live near Derby. In the 1980s I studied Fine Art at Middlesex University in North London, then went on to Bristol Polytechnic (which formerly was the West of England Art School) where I specialised in painting. In 2005 I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Fine Art at Derby University. I have an Adult Teaching Certificate and am an experienced art educator.
The beautiful landscapes of Derbyshire, the thrilling coastline of West Cornwall and the wonderful lakes and mountains of the Lake District are my inspirations for paintings. I walk almost every day and feel deeply connected to these landscapes.
I have a purpose built studio in my garden which is perfect for me as it is quiet and convenient. Work in the studio is balanced with drawing and painting out of doors.
Years of walking and working in natural surroundings every day helps to keep me happy and well. I want my paintings to have the same emotional uplift that I feel when I see trees laden with blossom by a rushing river in the sunshine, or the deep quiet shadows in woodland in the summer, or the immensity of the sea surging against the cliffs. The dramatic impact of nature stirs my emotions, and I hope my paintings convey something of this emotional response.
Each painting starts with drawing a subject on location in detail, before transferring the drawing to canvas on a larger scale and painting it in the studio. I also do oil and watercolour painting en plein air, which is exhilarating; working fast, looking intently at the subject, dealing with wet oil paints and canvas in the wind, feeling the intensity of the moment and wanting to capture that.
My paintings are in private collections and businesses in the UK and America.