A brief biography
My first memories of being interested in Art are the hours that I spent drawing in my bedroom when I was still at school. I would draw and paint for hours and this was the only thing I had any patience with. This still applies today!!!
My first medium to work with was watercolour. I now do most of my work in oils as I find I can achieve a lot more with this medium.
Unfortunately I learnt practically nothing at school until my final year when I was 15. We were appointed a new teacher and in my opinion she was wonderful!!!!! She actually taught us how to paint and apply colour, something we had never been taught before. She demonstrated on our own work and from this point I was hooked! Thank you Miss Clarke, I will be eternally grateful.
It was around this time that I started attending my Uncles watercolour classes on a Sunday morning. He was a well known Lake District watercolour artist - T. Leslie Hawkes. It was he who recognised my eye for detail. To this day I still miss him. My mum always said that she lived for years with a frustrated artist in my Uncle and now she's produced one!!
After leaving Sixth Form College I did a foundation course at Carlisle College which gave me the qualification to get onto the course which I REALLY wanted to do which was Scientific and Technical Illustration at Blackpool and Fylde College of Art and Design. This course was brilliant and I loved every minute of it! I would love to go back tomorrow!!
I did various 'Arty' things after leaving college and then moved back home , married and had a family. I got a part time job teaching watercolours at the local college. This I have been doing for many years and I now run all my classes on my own as it cuts out all the unecessary paperwork !!! My students are like an extended family.
I love to paint most things - whatever catches my eye at that moment in time. But my absolute passion are Barn Owls. When you see one in the wild it takes your breath away. They are so regal. I would paint them all day and everyday if I could.
Lately I have veered towards the Big Cats and 'fur' .... trying to get as close as possible to the look of these magnificent beings.
As well as being a member of the local Art Societies ( Barrow and Ulverston), I regularly showed and sold my work at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art and the Lakes Art Society and my work has travelled abroad as well as in this country. I now show regularly at the Exhibition of Wildlife Art and I am also a member of the Association of Animal Artists.
I have also been a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year, several times , which is a fantastic event, as well as winning various awards at different exhibitions.
My Originals tend to go quite quick and I am always trying to play 'catch up', but I have been reproducing a lot of my work as Limited Edition prints at affordable prices. The prints have been reproduced at either Home Images, Duke St or The Gallery, Cavendish St, Barrow.
I paint a lot of pet portraits which I love and this keeps me busy as I am usually booked up for months in advance.
Anyway thats enough about me....
hope you enjoy looking at my galleries.