biography

biography

I have loved drawing and painting since I was a small child. I spent five years at the Birmingham College of Art and Crafts, studying a wide range of media and art techniques, gaining my N.D.D. in Graphical Design and Book Illustration, after which I obtained my degree, A.T.D.
From there I went into teaching, working with the 11-18 year age range, which I found very rewarding. While my children were small I worked on freelance book illustration and developing my love of botanical subjects.
I paint in watercolour,my subjects always being worked to actual size and I pay particular attention to colour, shape and detail. Although my main interest lies in painting flowers, I also paint town,landscapes, seascapes and interesting corners in pen, ink and wash, and watercolour.
My first book "Flowers in Watercolour" was published in May 1992 by B.T. Batsford and is a guide to painting flowers in watercolour, in a botanical and free style. My second book "Painting Wild Flowers" was published in January 1995.
I have been a regular contributor of articles on painting for Leisure Painter Magazine and I am a Royal Horticultural Society medallist.
Constable Country videos have published a number of videos by me on step-by-step painting of flowers and landscapes. I still tutor occasional day workshops.
I am a full time artist, exhibiting regularly and paint to commission. My work is in collections in the U.K. and across the world.
In 1992 I saw the need for an art group locally and created the Woodley & Earley Arts Group in July of that year, and it has been running successfully ever since.
Soon after its inception in 1996 I joined the Society of Floral Painters which is an international society covering a wide range of floral images in a variety of media. In 1999 I was elected Chairman which position I held until January 2012. 



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