A Motley Life
At school I was no academic, only excelling in Geography (drawing maps) Biology (drawing diagrams) and Art. As a result I was taken away from school at sixteen and sent to Farnham School of Art which I loved. I took my degree in Printed Textile Design and Lithography. I felt there would be no future in Fine Arts. After leaving I immediately returned to assist teaching in the Printed Textile department, at the same time working for a small animated cartoon company.
After a couple of years I moved to London and led a motley life incorporating wallpaper design, interior design, marrying and having a family. With the children at school I returned to full time work running a Ceramic Tile showroom in Knightsbridge. We worked with Interior Designers screen printing specialised designs which I created for them. I soon realised I could set up my own business working to commission and from there never looked back for 34 years of hard work.
Now in my later years, having moved to Devon, I can enjoy my retirement doing what I want to do. So now I paint and draw for my own satisfaction. My inspiration has come from the coastline with the power of rough seas, rock formations and the patterns created in nature. More recently I have developed a fascination with Homo Sapiens. The patterns created by people standing, chatting, scurrying around, sitting in groups, give me a continual source of inspiration and buzz .I'm coming to realise that maybe my' design' background is pushing it's way forward.
I keep up with life drawing as an important discipline, and enjoy taking a portrait class each week.
I have exhibited at many exhibitions in Devon and participated in Devon Open Studios for several Years.
Technology is somewhat of an anathema to me; give me a brush, pen, pencil any time!