I am an artist with a passion for watercolour painting. I prefer to paint ‘plein air’ and do so all year round, which is not a problem if you are prepared accordingly. There is no doubt that watercolour is the most challenging of all mediums but I admit this is exactly what attracts me to it. I feel watercolour is at its best when you allow it some freedom to do what it wants to do naturally, by contrast it’s at it’s very worst when forced to behave. I have found it is a matter of learning and understanding how to walk a fine line between both.
I started out as an artist in the late 1980’s but it all came crashing down around me when I was forced to stop due to chronic illness. Illness has bad timing as I was doing well and had been accepted and exhibited at the Royal Academy.
I returned to painting a few years ago as a form of therapy, but only paint as my health permits.
I am often asked what inspires me, the simple answer is the energy, atmosphere and light of somewhere or something! I can only say that I have no clue what will inspire me in any given moment, I don’t think about subject matter because I am not bothered about this. I simply drive around until whatever it is catches my attention.
I feel extremely honoured to have won 26 awards for my painting over the last 3 years, and am very chuffed to have been one of 100 artists worldwide to be chosen to appear in ‘Contemporary Artists of Excellence 2016’ coffee table book available from Amazon and all public Galleries and Museums.
I was one of two artists selected to represent the United Kingdom in the Worldwide International Watercolour Societies 2017 exhibition in India.
In addition and by no means least - I was one of the few British artists selected by IWS England to exhibit my painting 'Vertigo' at Fabriano Convention and Exhibition in Italy May 2018.
I am a Palm Art award nominee 2018.
I was a finalist in The Broadway Art Competition 2018, my painting exhibited at The Little Buckland Art Gallery for the duration of The Broadway Arts Festival.
I run two communities for artists on Facebook, Artisthour Wednesday evening live where myself and my co-host Anne Blankson-Hemans run a changing schedule of learning opportunities for artists. Also 'Artisthour members gallery' which is an online gallery for members to post their art.
Sadly my health will never improve, so life will always be challenging however I am very grateful to have my art, it keeps me sane…