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Pet Portraits - Scooby
Boats and Seascapes - Racing for Home

My early years were spent in Cornwall, on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, where my love of the sea and boats was born. I moved to live in Devon aged 13, and the gentler, rolling hills and trees inspire many of my works. Failing my O'Level Art first time, but passing when I retook it, I never felt I was good enough to take Art any further. It was only in recent years that I was encouraged by an Art Teacher at the School in which I was working, to take A'Level Art. I was quite simply blown away! I visited Galleries, discovered oil paints, and finally found something I felt born to do. Monet, Turner, Waterhouse, Antony Amos, Kurt Jackson, these artists inspired me. In my work I aim to capture light, atmosphere, feeling, through use of colour and texture. I try to keep my palette simple, and allow colours to mix or blend upon the canvas rather than overmixing them on the palette. I passed my A'Level with flying colours, and began to work in earnest to develop techniques, experience and quite simply to paint at every given opportunity. My driving NEED to paint and keep painting feels almost as essential to me as air. I don't paint to sell, indeed it often feels painful to me to part with certain pieces. But I need to sell to keep painitng, and I have to part with beloved paintings to make room for the new ones that are building up inside me. I have exhibited twice in London (Candid Gallery, Angel Islington, and the Bankside Gallery) I have been approached by the Agora Gallery in New York, as well as the Palais Schonborn in Vienna to exhibit there (lack of finances meant I was unable to do so). I was resident artist for a year at the Deer Park Hotel, Honiton, where I held classes for hotel residents, drawing upon my teaching experience. I now have my own private students who I tutor in my home studio. In the last few years I have held solo exhibitions at Kennaway House in Sidmouth, and these were life changeingly successful! Last year I applied to the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the year competition, and was invited to be a Wildcard entrant, however as this clashed with one of my solo exhibtions, I reluctantly decided I could not follow this up at that time, however I shall reapply next year! So finally I feel I really can call myself an artist. Future plans - to expand my private tuition, wider ranging exhibitions, and hopefully a larger art premises. Watch this space...