Ever since I first looked at the work of Rowland Hilder and came across Frank Webb and the other American current watercolourists I have been enthusiastic about and completely wedded to watercolour. I have explored the possibilities of using gouache, acrylic and pastel, including them for best effect. My current work ranges from the figurative to the abstract. I like to work outside when I can but as I paint throughout the year I rely heavily on my compact camera using only the photos which I have carefully composed.
A spell of ill health has limited my work and kept me from the world of exhibition and showing. I am now sufficiently recovered and able to take on demonstrating and considering opportunities for exhibiting.
Through my art teacher training at Goldsmiths’ and school teaching experience I acquired a great deal of practical knowledge of many crafts, printmaking, printing and bookbinding, technical drawing, wood and metalwork. I regularly use most of these skills in support of my painting and demonstrating. My studies in history of art and graphic design have given me the basis for the lectures I can offer to art societies.
I have always admired the theory of the “Uomo universale” as described by Leonardo da Vinci although I haven’t managed it yet.