I started painting in my 40s as a result of a chance meeting with someone who was setting up an art group. Media, style and subject matter have all changed over the years – now I paint mostly with acrylics but enjoy experimenting with different techniques: collage, inks and alternatives to brushes such as twigs, card or palette knives. I most enjoy painting the fells in all weathers, sketching in situ and finishing in the studio. I was born in Ambleside and, growing up in Westmorland, I have always enjoyed fell walking and rock climbing.
As well as being a member of Ambleside & District Art Society, I am also in the Green Door Studio Collective based in Kendal and take part each year in their Art Trail. I have exhibited at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Grasmere, Kendal Museum, the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, and at Low Sizergh Barn, Kendal.
I found Katherine Holmes an inspirational teacher when I attended one of her courses a few years ago, and another influence has been Mike Bernard. I also greatly admire Kurt Jackson, and also the work of my daughter, Freya, a professional artist from whom I have learnt much. One of our greatest pleasures is painting on the fells together, sharing our love of walking and mountains and trying to capture something of this in art.