Mine has been a long and varied fascination with painting.
I was lucky enough to attend a good Art School where the tuition ranged from precise and analytical illustration to free expression and bold use of colour. Hopefully I have gained from both. It brought out a bold confident style which leaves room for experiment and improvisation.
Circumstances took me to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Cape Town, but it was the countryside and seascapes surrounding the city where I found most inspiration. I loved the wonderful, wide open spaces, the strong dramatic play of the sun which turned the mountains from gold to purple and the razor sharp horizons. I found a steady following of art collectors and exhibited with other artists and friends in group exhibitions as well as galleries.
Now back in the UK I have experienced a new beginning in many respects especially in my painting as a response to the very different climate and environment. I’m loving the amazing cloud effects and the subtle, gentle tones of the Sussex countryside. It is a wonderful new challenge.
In Cape Town I was giving regular art classes to both beginners and more experienced students. I’m planning to do so again in my new studio here in Horsham starting this September (2017). I like to encourage the individuality of my students and find what interests them most as you always paint best what speaks to you rather than prescribing one way of working.