I am primarily a watercolour artist with a passion for painting outside ‘plein air’ where the weather, atmosphere and happenings of the day all contribute towards the completed work. I particularly enjoy painting open landscapes. Trees, plants, flowers, buildings and water within the landscape are subjects that I return to repeatedly.
I also like to paint inside in a more leisurely way and enjoy painting flowers and found objects in representative and more abstract approaches.
In a search to explore and find different ways to make less directly representative paintings, I began working in a new way – making a series of quick sketches when outside in the landscape, collaging them together back at home to produce one image which sometimes leads to another painting to convey the feeling of the place rather than a more literal interpretation.
More recently, I have begun painting from personal memories of favourite and much loved places, seeking to portray the essence of a place and why it means so much to me.
I have exhibited work at the National Trust’s Anglessey Abbey, at The Hayward Gallery in Ely and Ely Court House with Ely Art Society, and with the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists at The Edmund Gallery in Bury St Edmunds, Snape Maltings, the Wymondham Arts Centre, The Babylon Gallery in Ely, Burwash Manor , the Handa Gallery, Wells-next.the-Sea and The Old Goods Shed in Clare Castle Country Park. I have entered and taken art in the annual Babylon Selected Summer Exhibition in Ely, at The Newmarket Horse Racing Museum and at the selected Art In The Open Exhibition at Greenacres Gallery in Wexford, Ireland.
Most recently I applied to join Cambridge Drawing Society in 2022 and was accepted, had all four of my paintings accepted for exhibition and one of my pieces tied for the winner of the public vote for favourite painting.
I was the proud winner of ‘The Museum of the Broads’ Watercolour Challenge in both 2012 and 2013.
In 2020, I entered the postcard ‘Running With Brushes’ challenge to fund raise for the charity ‘Care for Casualties’. One of my little paintings was chosen by judge Soroya French, President of SWA (Society of Women Artists) as one of her top three.
In 2022, I received the Tindalls Art Prize at the SEAW Selected exhibition at The Handa Gallery, Wells for 'Impressive watercolour fluidity' for my painting 'Evening comes'. Lillias August RI chose my painting for this award.
Application to Cambridge Drawing Society April 2022!
I challenged myself this year to apply for Cambridge Drawing Society. Big challenge indeed for me – I had to enter four framed paintings that went together well, all the same size and framed in the same way. So … what to do … well…
Exhibiting at the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket February – April 2022
The National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket is well known and highly regarded both locally, nationally and internationally. Part of the museum is housed in a beautiful building which used to be the Royal Palace of Charles II when he came to the town to…
SEAW Open Exhibition at The Babylon Gallery Ely September 2021
How wonderful it is to be able to actually exhibit in a gallery once again! I was lucky to have had one of my paintings ‘The beauty of trees’ chosen as the art work to feature on all of the printed and online publicity…