I am a painter and print-maker, working mainly in figure and landscape studies. I am attracted by the diversity and grace of the human body, and by the range of techniques and media that can portray it, so my life studies reflect an inclination to experiment with different approaches. I work in oil, water-colour, ink and charcoal. I like to see figures as if superimposed on an underlying grid or network of shapes, so a preferred approach in figure studies is to use prints as a base ground. My print-making practice focuses on relief processes, especially lino cut and collagraph, but I also enjoy monoprint and the combination of print-making and collage.
I trained over a number of years in short courses at Wimbledon College of Art, the City Lit, West Dean College and Sutton College, combining artistic practice with a career in education, and in government and legal administration. My first degree was in history but I have since studied art history, and now lecture on art on an occasional basis to art societies and adult groups, including at Dulwich Picture Gallery and the two London Tate galleries, where I am also a Guide.
I exhibit with the Croydon Art Society, the Drawing London Group, and Surrey Figurative Artists. Exhibitions in 2017 included;
- ‘Small Faces’: People’s Portrait Project, Showcase Gallery, Southampton Solent University (March)
(This subsequently won a CIPR PRide award)
- Croydon Art Society, Croydon Clocktower (April)
- Croydon Art Society, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, (August)
- Croydon Art Society, Croydon Clocktower (November/December)
Exhibitions in 2018 included:
- Surrey Open Studios in June (see post)
- Croydon Art Society including in November-December (see post)
- Drawing London Group Exhibition at the Barbican Library in November-December (see post)