'I was not formally trained in art though I had a brief sojourn in general art and design in a South London college that taught me perspective and life drawing. After many twists and turns I found hands-on work at the bench as I had really wanted to train as a goldsmith, so my husband and I moved to East Sussex in 2001 to be nearer where I had employment, and for thirteen years worked on design, restoration and jewellery repairs.
Good fortune out of great upheaval (and a mutual friend), introduced me to Rosa Branson MBE in 2011. Since then, with Rosa’s guidance in the representational painting technique of ‘sight-size method’, I have found that painting with oils is the most rewarding medium and feel that the most appealing aspect of oil painting is the incredibly subtle way attention to fine detail can be achieved with the layering method of glazing.
I joined the ‘Society of Eastbourne Artists’ in 2014 with whom I have been enjoying exhibiting, and getting to know other local artists. The Society is where I met Glynis Mockford. I accepted the honour of being asked to join the S.E.A committee in 2016.
I have swapped my jeweller’s tools for paint brushes and now dedicate most of my free time to painting in oils, although I do occasionally paint in acrylics or other mediums. I’m striving to get as much realism as possible into my paintings , whatever the subject matter. I do not entirely know if I succeed, but it’s the joy of trying that keeps me going!
Of my classical art inspirations it is and always will be the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and also of course, the exquisite works of the Italian Renaissance, the Dutch Masters and some contemporary artists who have immersed themselves in the county that I now call home.'