I have painted all my life. When I was seventeen I attended life classes, taught by Sam Rabin, and the skills I learned there have underpinned everything I have done since, from working as a draughtsman, book illustrator, interior designer, muralist and tromp – l’oeil artist, to teaching in various art colleges and societies. I enrolled at Central St Martin’s with a view to studying Stage Design but soon realised that the thing I wanted to do more than anything else was paint, so I stayed on to complete a degree in Fine Art.
All the activities I engaged in to earn a living have both informed and enriched my life and work as a painter. Often working on commission, I paint portraits, gardens, animals, seascapes, landscapes, buildings, interiors. I paint in oil because it is so rich and versatile and responsive – whether as a sketch on paper or sinking into the surface of wood, gesso or linen. My subjects reflect my life, and I am learning all the time.
My youngest child having now recently left home, I am prioritising my own practice once more, and as you will see, I have kept very busy, working hard towards my next one woman show!
- Exhibited at The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, November Exhibition (2019) at The Mall Galleries. ‘Winter Walk’ was also chosen by the gallery as one of two paintings to be printed as cards to mark the exhibition
- Invited to exhibit with Mall Online Gallery on several occasions, showing paintings such as ‘Boys with Red Buckets’, ‘Still Life with Fennel’, ‘Nasturtiums in a Victorian Vase’, ‘Sprouting Garlic’ and ‘Beach Combing’
- Invited to perform a public portraiture demonstration for inaugural Alresford Arts Festival
- Exhibited at the ROI November Exhibition (2017) with ‘Potting Up’ at The Mall Galleries
- Exhibited at the ROI November Exhibition (2016) with ‘White Roses’ at The Mall Galleries
- Large one woman show at Baker Tilley, Bloomsbury
- Artist in Residence at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, where I took part in book launches and signings, a one woman show and several public events such as ‘The Big Draw’. I was also included in their television documentary on artists and gardens for Channel 4
- Illustrated two children’s books for The Lost Gardens of Heligan: ‘The Mud Maid’ and ‘The Giant’, in collaboration with poet Sandra Horn and published by The Clucket Press
- Wrote and illustrated ‘Ellie’s Growl’, published by Frances Lincoln
- Illustrated several children’s books for Random House, Hodder and Stoughton and Red Fox Ballet Books, including The Tattybogle Tree and The Little Swan Series
- Artist in Residence at the Reform Club (Pall Mall), culminating in a sell-out one woman show
- Artist in Residence at The Laban Centre of Dance, in the course of which, I held running exhibitions at the Laban Centre and one woman show at City University
- Exhibited (and sold) at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
- Exhibited in the Dulwich Picture Gallery Summer Exhibition with ‘Pretty Hen’, which was Highly Commended
- Exhibited in the Spirit of London exhibition, Royal Festival Hall, with ‘Telegraph Hill’
- First one woman show, at the Borlaise Gallery Oxford, while pregnant at age 24
- Foundation and Fine Art Degree, Central St. Martins