Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, I have been interested in drawing for as long as I can remember. After and on-off relationship with art, I took up serious drawing and pastel painting when I moved to North Wales in 2006
My initial step into serious drawing was a series of detailed graphite animal drawing, mainly dogs, which earned me a number of commissions for dogs and horses. I still love graphite drawings – there is something satisfying about rendering a coloured subject into black and white, and using tones of grey to represent the various colours.
I joined the Flintshire Visual Arts and Crafts Network in 2012, and was encouraged by some of the very friendly and incredibly talented members to dare to exhibit my work in the various exhibitions around Flintshire, which was (and still is) a rather alarming thing to contemplate. I am also a member of the Grosvenor Art Society of Chester and the Society for All Artists (SAA).
Encouraged by my friends in the FVACN (I am eternally grateful to several of them for their help and advice on this), I finally decided to take the major step of branching out into colour, and I have fairly recently started to draw with pastels and pastel pencils – initially choosing animals such as dogs, cats, birds and wildlife as my subject matter, but I have also begun to produce landscapes, local scenes and waterscapes, a number of which I am pleased to say have been sold to members of the public. My drawings are still detailed, but the addition of colour has added a whole new dimension and enabled me to adopt a rather freer style.
I have recently retired, and am happy to now be able to devote a little more time to art, which means that I am also able to take on commissions and pet portraits without other interruptions. I came to serious drawing and painting quite late in life, but I like to think I am making up for a misspent youth and going out to work has always been a highly overrated activity in my opinion.