As a self-taught Cumbrian artist, based in Whitehaven, I now work full time producing work in a variety of media including acrylics, Derwent graphik line painters, acid free collage papers and pen and wash using locally made pigments from Florence Paintmakers in Egremont . As a young child I treasured the blackboard my dad made me and went through rolls and rolls of wall paper lining encouraged by my mum.
I’ve always been involved in art in some way. I sold some pieces in local exhibitions as a teenager then trained as a primary school teacher. I always made sure the children I taught had lots of opportunities to experience different media and develop skills.
Through the school summer holidays I often had the neighbourhood children with my own around the kitchen table doing arty things. As a Professional Development Officer for Cumbria Local Education Authority I introduced many artists into schools through In-service courses. Now I have the freedom to produce my own art. I don’t think I could ever limit myself to one particular media as I still have a love of play and experimentation.
My main focus is the landscape of Cumbria particularly my special childhood places. My parents were outdoor lovers so we walked the fells and orienteered through the forests. I also spend a lot of time down at the harbour or along the beaches. Over the past few years I’ve been visiting villages of Cumbria seeking out the special buildings and drawing them in Pen and Wash.
I am a regular exhibitor at Eskdale Art Show, Allonby Artex, Gosforth and District Art Show and The Lakes Artist Society Exhibition in Grasmere. I have work for sale in several galleries and shops mainly in North and West Cumbria. I am a regular at Cockermouth URC and Pooley Bridge Craft Fairs. I’m a member of EVAN (West), Gosforth and District Art Society, SAA and a Director of Lowes Court Gallery. See my events page for dates and further details.