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About Me...

My mother was a painter and I grew up with pencil in hand. When I was still at school I attended life drawing classes at Bournemouth Art College before going on to complete a Foundation Year at The Central School of Art and Design (now Central St Martin’s) with a view to eventually studying Stage Design.

However, I quickly realised that what I wanted to do more than anything else was paint and so I stayed on to do a degree in Fine Art. Since leaving college I
have painted ever since, and written and illustrated children’s’ books; worked as an interior designer, muralist and trompe l’oeil artist, and taught in various art colleges and societies. I have also run my own studio and workshops.


I paint still lives, interiors, gardens, seascapes, landscapes, buildings, animals
and portraits. I often work on commission. I mostly paint in oil because it is so rich and versatile and responsive – whether as a sketch on paper or sinking
into the surface of wood, gesso or linen.
My subjects reflect my life, and I am learning all the time.

Along the way I married and had three lovely children. Recently, my husband retired and we have returned to the West Country and I am now able to
concentrate on my painting.


    ~ CV ~



December 23 - Artizan Gallery: Winter Open Exhibition, Torquay


December 2022 - Elected Academician, South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts

1978 - Foundation & Fine Art Degree, Central School of Art and Design (now Central St. Martins)

Notable Exhibitions

September 23 - SCENE CHANGES: One-man-show, West Brompton Cemetery Chapel

July/ August 23 - SWAC:  Sou’ Sou’ West Gallery, Bridport

May 2023 - SWAC at the Stables Gallery, Delamore 

November 2022 - SWAC Annual Open Exhibition - Vandlys Award

November 2021 - SWAC Annual Open Exhibition

2020 - 'No Barking Art - World Without End' - Covid Exhibition 

2016 - 2019 - Invited to exhibit with Mall Online Gallery on several occasions, showing paintings such as ‘Boys with Red Buckets’, ‘Still Life with Fennel’, ‘Nasturtiums in a Victorian Vase’, ‘Sprouting Garlic’ and ‘Beach Combing’

November 2019 - The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries

‘Winter Walk’ chosen as one of two paintings to be printed as cards to mark exhibition

November 2017 - The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries

November 2016 - The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries


One Woman Show, Heligan

- Dulwich Picture Gallery Summer Exhibition (‘Pretty Hen’ was “Highly Commended”)

- Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 

One Woman Show, The Laban Centre

One Woman Show, The Reform Club

- Spirit of London Exhibition, Royal Festival Hall

- First one-woman-show Borlase Gallery, Oxford, while pregnant at age 24. ( Oxford Times Critic wrote “All this painting is immensely vigorous and well worth a special journey….”)

Artistic Residencies

- The Lost Gardens of Heligan, where I took part in book launches and signings, a one woman show and several public events such as ‘The Big Draw’. I was also included in their television documentary on “artists and gardens” for Channel 4

- The Laban Centre of Dance in the course of which I held running exhibitions at the Laban Centre and a one woman show at City University

- The Reform Club (Pall Mall), ending with a sell-out one woman show 


- Two children’s books for The Lost Gardens of Heligan: ‘The Mud Maid’ and ‘The Giant’, in collaboration with poet Sandra Horn (published by The Clucket Press)

- Wrote and illustrated ‘Ellie’s Growl’ (published by Frances Lincoln)

- Several children’s books for Random House, Hodder and Stoughton and Red Fox Ballet Books including The Tattybogle Tree and The Little Swan Series


2013 - 2021

- Formed “Pound Hill Painters” with supporting website to promote the work of my students 

- Invited to perform a public portraiture demonstration, the inaugural Alresford Arts Festival

- Ran painting classes in my home studio

- Ran plein air workshops around Hampshire and West Sussex

- Oil painting and life drawing classes for the Alresford Arts Club.

1994 – 1996   - Taught Visual Studies at Lewisham College 


1978 - Taught life drawing at Colchester Art College

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