I am a Coventry Watercolour Artist however, I started my artistic career as a Graphic Designer after graduating from Leicester Polytechnic in 1986. I worked in a number of Design Agencies in and around my home town until 1999 when I gave up my career to raise a family.
During this period, the field of Graphic Design moved on massively making returning to it not an option I relished and by this time I found that I was craving a more hands on creativity.
6 years ago, at the age of 51 and after spending time looking at the inspiring work of Artists online, my previous interest in Watercolour quickly became more than just a hobby and a year later in July 2017 after having produced 100 or so paintings I took the plunge started my Studio, Lagarto Studio Watercolours. It remained at Hobby Stage until November 2021 when the Business was registered
I work exclusively in Watercolour; it is a well-known fact amongst Artists that it is not the easiest of the mediums. You are always under pressure, often only having minutes before the paint dries and then mistakes can rarely be corrected. It is both unforgiving, and unpredictable but, these are the very characteristics that make it an incredibly exiting medium in which to work. I love the fluidity, the vibrancy, the movement you can achieve, and the very fact you can't totally control it, it's a very emotive medium. I love the challenges it presents and the fact that you cannot paint the same painting, the same way twice. I also love that it is easily transportable, reasonably priced and far less messy than other mediums.
I have been teaching on a one to one/face to face or zoom basis for the past 18 months and thoroughly enjoying it gaining as much out of it as my students . I have also run a few workshops and have 2 regular groups for the WI, these are so enjoyable.