I paint what
I see around me – people, countryside, rural life, animals and wildlife - mainly
in gouache, sometimes in watercolour or pastel. My studio is in a beautiful
location in the North Wales countryside, which means I’m never short of
inspiration. Every season brings its own changing light, weather and dimension
to the surrounding landscape and to the creatures living here.
trained in Illustration and now paint for exhibition, to commission and of
course for my own pleasure. I’ve exhibited individually and collectively at
various venues including the North Wales Open and Chester Arts Fair. I’m often
commissioned to paint animal portraits and I enjoy the challenge of recreating
the subject’s unique personality and expression rather than merely a likeness. Other
commissions I’ve worked on include those picturing a favourite scene or country
pastime. Gouache seems to be an under used medium, but I love the clear, dense
colours and the flexibility it gives me in achieving different effects, whether
on foliage, fur or creating atmosphere. Sometimes I take a break from painting
and refresh myself by drawing chickens (I love drawing chickens!) mostly simple
line drawings to capture their pose and busy characters.
I’m a member
of the SAA and FVACN, and take part in Helfa Gelf (North Wales Art Trail) every
year giving me valued contact with other artists and feedback on my work from the
public. I enjoy talking about my work so I’m frequently asked to give workshops
and demonstrations. I’m also passionate about the therapeutic value of art, especially
the value of creativity in improving mental health, and have been involved in
various community projects promoting this.