The Artist


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
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