About Me

I’m certainly a local artist. Born in Rochford and lived in the surrounding area all of my life.

After leaving school and, a brief career as a librarian, family kept me fully occupied and artistic ambitions went on the back burner. My mid-fifties bought a ‘now or never’ moment. Time to stop talking and start doing! Evening classes were booked!  A couple of years passed and I learned quite a lot but felt that I was, basically, teaching myself. I decided that taking an occasional class with a professional artist would help me more and that is what I have continued to do. Apart form the knowledge I gain it also gives me an insight from the other side of the desk. Now that I do so much teaching myself that can be very useful. 

                                                                            Gather round!


After that, life became rather a series of happy accidents. Someone suggested that I put a few pieces of work into a small, local show and I was introduced to so many talented, and very nice, people who encouraged me to do things that I would never have thought possible. The search for a printer to make me some show signs led to him asking to see my work and suggesting that we try selling cards (www.fennpress.co.uk). Next came a web-site and at that point I had to bite the bullet and join the modern world. A computer meant teaching myself how to use it and I’ve been doing that ever since with varying degrees of success. In fact, I now maintain and update my own website (with the help of more techie friends when I get it wrong)!

My ambition was always to use watercolour in a very loose way to produce simple landscapes but, it became obvious that my talents lay elsewhere. My mind concentrates too much on fine detail for that. I’m quite well known for my pen & wash drawings of the local area but, on the other hand, my pictures of cobwebs have regular collectors! I do, to a large extent, concentrate on the natural world…flowers, trees, birds and butterflies. With these I find it much easier to achieve the looser painting which is my aim.

Whilst exhibiting at RHS Hyde Hall  I met Charlie Bran who produces the most beautiful hand-made paper. We collaborated and I occasionally work on small, botanical pen & wash drawings using his papers. They are also becoming popular at workshops. There is definitely a growing interest in artisan made things. (www.papermakingfromplants.co.uk).

In more recent times I have developed an interest in drawing pencil portraits. This means that I can indulge my love of detail. I work in both graphite and coloured pencil and enjoy trying my hand at anything from babies to pets.


There seem to be very few avenues that I haven’t explored whilst remaining, more or less, in the area of watercolour. However, these are exciting times for artists. So many new mediums are becoming available that it’s very hard not to be tempted to try them all. Acrylic paint and inks are becoming a passion. In fact mixed media seems to be overtaking all other interests at present especially as it is  most popular  with students at the moment.

I display and sell work at shows and exhibitions throughout the year.  Being asked to participate in local charities events is particularly enjoyable. I have now retired from the Board of Trustees for the Art Ministry in Hadleigh but continue to be involved with them as a volunteer. That part of my life came about because one of the other Trustees saw my work in Rayleigh library and contacted me. A hectic, but very rewarding, few years followed. I was very honoured to be nominated as volunteer of the year. For further information about our activities go to www.theartministry.org.uk.

I am also a member of Southend Art Club and very much enjoy taking part in their twice yearly exhibitions.

Life now seems to be full of amazing new opportunities which I could never have dreamt of.