The Royal Cornwall Show - Wadebridge
Thursday 8th June to Saturday 10th June 2017
Eden Crafts Marquee
Warwickshire Open Studios - Nuneaton
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Countryfile Live - Blenheim Palace
Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th August 2017
Crafts in Action Marquee
Open Arts Trail - Nuneaton
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2017
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I have been a hobby artist for over 30 years specialising in portraits and pastels. I studied art at Coventry Technical College for 2 years after leaving school, followed by a year-long Foundation in Art & Design at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. I also worked at a printers in Coventry for 2 years training as a Graphic Designer followed by 12 months freelance. Finances, or lack of them, meant I needed to find a job with a regular income and that’s when I moved into Chemistry, working in technical roles and sales which is where I have been for many years.
Over the years I have always completed commissions as a hobby for friends and family of their pets, children and especially horses. Through having a horse of my own I developed a wide network of equestrian contacts. I am also an animal lover and it was something I could fit in around my full-time job and family.
With portraiture it starts with the eye, if I get that right then everything else seems to follow. I love texture and form, from the gleam of a horse's coat to the flowing hairs of a long haired dog. My hope is that the observer will want to reach out and stroke the subject. With people, I endeavour to catch the character and as good a likeness as possible.
I predominantly work in pastels but I also enjoy graphite, charcoal pencils and coloured pencils.
I accept commissions and am available for opportunities with art societies and groups as a demonstrator or to hold pastel/portrait workshops.