I have been drawing and painting for many years, and especially like to work in pastels and oils.
Having gained a Certificate in Education with Art as a main subject at The Froebel Institute College of Education in England, and a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, I went on to teach Art and general subjects in primary and middle schools in England and overseas.
I have travelled widely and lived in different countries around the world; I studied Chinese painting whilst living in China and Singapore.
Whilst living in the US from 2002 to 2013, I studied pastel painting, particularly portraiture, with Jeanne Smith, and figure painting with Rhoda Yanow at the duCret School of Art. I also studied portraiture with Enrique Flores-Galbis at The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and took a portrait workshop with Alain Picard in Connecticut. I studied landscape painting with Julie Friedman in her studio in Morristown, New Jersey, as well as taking workshops on “Abstracting the Landscape”, “Home-made Surfaces”, “Infusing Color and Emotion into a Painting”, “En Plein Air Painting”, and “Landscape Rhythm and Harmony” with Julie Friedman. I also took a workshop on “Painting Skies and Clouds” with Will Klemm, and have studied pastel figure and portraiture at The Art Students League, New York City, with Jerry Weiss and Ellen Eagle.
I am now lucky enough to live in the “Designated Area of Natural Beauty” of the lower Wye Valley in Wales.
My interests also include writing children’s story books.
Juried-Entry Art Shows (whilst living in the US)
- The Tewksbury Historical Society 23rd Annual Art Show, NJ – Oct 2012
- Pastel Society of New Jersey Sixth Annual Exhibition – Nov 2011
- The American Artists Professional League’s 83rd Grand National Exhibition – Nov 2011
- Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 115th Annual Open Exhibition – Oct 2011
- The Tewksbury Historical Society 22nd Annual Art Show, NJ – Oct 2011
- Pastel Society of New Jersey Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition Nov 2010
- The Tewkesbury Historical Society 21st Annual Art Show, NJ Oct 2010
- Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 114th Annual Open Exhibition, NYC Oct 2010
- Salmagundi Club 33rd Annual Juried Painting & Sculpture Exhibition for non-members, NYC Jul 2010
- Pastel Society of New Jersey Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition – Nov 2009
- The American Artists Professional League’s 81st Grand National Exhibition – Nov 2009
- 29th Annual Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ – Oct 2009
- The Tewksbury Historical Society 20th Annual Art Show, NJ – Oct 2009
- 14th International Association of Pastel Societies Web Show – Oct 2009
- Salmagundi Club 32nd Annual Juried Painting & Sculpture Exhibition for non-members – June 2009
- Guild of Creative Art 1st Annual NJ Open Juried Pastel Show – May 2009
- Pastel Society of New Jersey Third Annual Juried Exhibition – Dec – Jan 2008
- Pastel Society of America’s 36th Annual Exhibition – Sept 2008
- Connecticut Pastel Society’s 15th Annual National Exhibition – Oct 2008
- Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 112th Annual Open Exhibition – Sept 2008
- Ninth Annual Gaelen Juried Art Show and Sale – May 2008
- Watchung Arts Center Members Juried Art Exhibition – Feb 2008
- 28th Annual Mountain Arts Show, Bernardsville – Oct 2007
- Somerset Art Assoc: Nat: Juried Pastel Exhibit – Oct to Nov 2007
- ArtKudos International Juried Art Competition and exhibition (online) – June 2007
- Edison Arts Society, New Jersey “Art Without Borders” – June to Oct 2007
- 27th Annual Mountain Arts Show, Bernardsville, NJ – October 2006
Galleries (whilst living in the US)
- Swain Galleries, Plainfield, NJ
- Rulon Art Studio and Gallery, Swedesboro, NJ
- Artists at the Mill Gallery, Lafayette, NJ
- The Artist Framer, Cranford, NJ
Art Society Memberships (whilst living in the US)
- Juried Member of the American Artists Professional League, NYC
- Juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, NYC
- Juried Member of The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NYC
- Westfield Arts Association, NJ
- Pastel Society of New Jersey
- Scotch Plains and Fanwood Arts Association, NJ
- Millburn-Shorthills Art Center, NJ
- Contemporary Art Group, Westfield, NJ
- Watchung Arts Center