I am a painter & teacher working in watercolour with many years of teaching experience in art schools, adult education and in private classes. I exhibit my paintings regularly in group and individual shows both locally and nationally and I am currently Chairman of the Dorking Group of Artists, one of the largest local art groups in Surrey.
I was a postgraduate student of the Slade Printmaking Department, and for several years ran my own studio for stone lithography in London, where I worked with many artists and publishers. I began painting in watercolour after moving to Surrey with my family and I am best known for my watery landscapes.
I started painting seriously in watercolour when my children were young – printmaking was far too time-consuming! There are similar aspects to both disciplines; both lithography and watercolour are essentially transparent mediums and they share a repertoire of subtle visual qualities. Certainly both media require sensitive handling, knowledge and confidence! Watercolour is a capricious medium; it can be a difficult medium to master, but the transparency, the beautiful colours, and the extraordinary variety of qualities are a delight to work with.
My paintings are a personal interpretation of the landscape. I take photographs for reference, and I also draw and paint outside using lively marks and colour to help me record my inspiration. Then I return to the studio to add mood and atmosphere using carefully chosen colours, pouring washes and water and letting the pigment run and find its own way in the painting. There is often a lot of wastage!
You will be able to see some of my new watercolours in the online Dorking Group of Artists Autumn Exhibition during October 2020