With previous generations of my family steeped in the farming life, it is perhaps not surprising that I grew up surrounded by a motley collection of animals. Drawings of a beloved pit rescue pony and a variety of other animals perpetuated a desire to pursue art as a career. With few opportunities available at that time, I turned to nursing, enjoying almost 30 years in that field, before fate decreed a new pathway!
Suffering depression after surgery in 1996. I turned again to Art, discovering its therapeutic qualities not only lifted the debilitating effects of the illness, but ignited the long- felt desire to draw and paint ... and a new career!
My favourite subjects are wildlife and horses, with forays into coastal scenes prompted by the beautiful Dorset coast close to home.
Whilst my preferred mediums are oil, pastel and Acrylic, I have been challenging myself with colour pencil recently and love to capture special 'light' moments, such as the shine on the coat of a black cat, or reflected light on a white horse.
I have gained numerous accolades. Voted Amateur "Wildlife Artist of the year" by Wildscape magazine in 2006 & 2009. Also in 2009 I was a finalist in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the year and the David Shepherd W.A.Y. 2013 my painting of a red headed Agama Lizard was voted best Acrylic painting at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art. 2014 I had a triptych shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of The Year which was awarded Highly commended. (see Exhibitions News for more details)
I exhibit with the Society of Equestrian Art, Nottingham Four Seasons Art Exhibition, Exbury Gardens Hampshire and Ringwood Art Society. I have also exhibited with Society of Women Artists, The Pastel Society at the Mall galleries London and The National exhibition of Wildlife Art Liverpool, St Barbe Museum Lymington Hampshire and The New Forest open exhibition.
I will be demonstrating on my Stewarding days at Four Seasons Art Exhibition, Exbury gardens. 2023 details to come