Having spent my early years living on the Isle of Wight, I retain my love of the coast and my work often features landmarks such as lighthouses and harbours. However, living in landlocked Berkshire, I have found myself looking to London for inspiration, exploring the collage of textures of the city as modern structures engulf the architecture of previous centuries.
Visual texture in my paintings is important to me and I work in water-based mixed media with an innovative, non-traditional approach that focuses on texture. Sometimes I collage different paper surfaces, tearing back and scratching the paper surface repeatedly producing rich layered effects.
I am vice-chair of the Reading Guild of Artists and have exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, the Discerning Eye and the Sunday Times Watercolour competition. The Making a Mark blog described my “Pendeen Clifftop” as one of the best 10 paintings in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2019.
I was the originator and main organiser for the Reading Gaol Hug which saw Reading Gaol surrounded by about 1000 people linking hands as part of the Save Reading Gaol campaign to have it as a cultural centre and museum. In 2020, with Terry Dixon, I co-authored the book “Reading’s Influential Women” published by Two Rivers Press.
I am proud to have been elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2021.
“an innovative, non-traditional approach that focuses on texture”