I attribute my love of and interest in the natural environment to my mother, herself an expert gardener and an artist, and this has developed throughout my life. After studying (amongst other subjects) my two lead subjects of Art and Biology to A Level I completed a Biological degree at Manchester University focusing on the environment and the impact of human interaction. Having lived in West Yorkshire and the Inner Hebrides, I moved to Cornwall with my husband almost half a lifetime ago. On retirement from a career in education, it has been a pleasure to now have the time to put my paint brushes to use and channel the inspiration from the environment around me in my own way through paint.
Living in West Cornwall I enjoy walking along the cliff tops, beaches and coastal paths and find the landscape to be totally awesome. There is nothing that lifts my heart more than the beauty of the world around me and through my painting I hope to be able to share some of the magic that I have the privilege to enjoy. I always take my camera with me to capture those moments created by the exceptional lighting conditions, big skies and ever changing seas of the Cornish coastline and also the wide array of wild flowers that brighten out hedgerows and woodlands. There is so much to see and enjoy, as no two moments are the same. Although I use photographs as a resource to remind me of those moments, nothing beats the opportunity of observing the details first hand. I can watch waves forever! In addition I love to travel and find inspiration in the stunning landscapes of the world around me wherever I am.
I just love colour, especially those of the seas, and enjoy using a variety of mediums especially acrylic paint and ink, soft pastels and watercolour. When painting in acrylic I use canvas as a surface with quality paints, usually Winsor and Newton Artist paints, which have a lovely texture and colours that remain true. In addition I also like to use Sennelier soft pastels, which have a lovely smooth buttery feel when gliding onto a specialist pastel surface, and having a high pigment content the colours do not fade. My watercolours are again Winsor and Newton used on heavy watercolour paper (at least 300gsm).
About my paintings
Acrylic paintings on flat canvas sheets that are shown as mounted and framed can be sold without the frame, particularly if they are to be delivered by post or courier to avoid possible glass breakage. Acrylic paintings do not need to be behind glass, in fact they are better displayed without glass, but if they have a mountboard around them then glass is usually used to protect the mount.
Stretched canvases are produced by stretching the canvas tightly over a light wooden frame, and these are light and easy to send by courier. In all cases my paintings wrap around the sides and so can be hung without frames, or the purchaser can subsequently have a frame made to match their decor. A local framer will be able to advise you.
Soft pastel paintings do shed a little coloured dust, but this does not harm the painting in any way. However they do need to be behind glass and therefore framed. The surface I use is of archival quality, I use a fixative and the pastel colours are top quality and last for a very long time. Pastel paintings sent by post will be protected by crystal paper and packaged in a foam board sandwich. I enclose full instructions on how to mount and frame your painting.
I would love to receive feedback about my work and would welcome any comments. Also if you are interested in knowing more about my work or are interested in buying a painting you have seen on this website then please use the Contact page.