I have painted for as long as I can remember. My father, a talented artist, took me out sketching from the age of six to all sorts of places including funfairs, derelict buildings and harbours. I went to Hornsey College of Art in North London in 1967 and left there with the National Diploma in Art and Design and teaching certificate under my arm in 1972. Following that, I worked in publishing and then made teaching art my career.
Throughout this time I accepted many commissions for portraits, landscapes and greetings cards, as much as time could allow being busy bringing up a family.
I turned my hand to all sorts of painting genres in a variety of mediums, but I realised I still had to develop my own particular style. Now that I have reached retirement and have had the time to really focus on what is really "me", I believe I have started to get there at last with these, my most recent paintings.
I have also been on some cruise holidays recently, wonderful for a painter like me who likes to people-watch. I am buzzing with ideas for future paintings based on the memories I have of life on board at sea!