I just had to paint! I was four years old and decided to draw a picture on the newly painted dining room wall. When I was 20 years old, I had the great honour of meeting the Dalai Lama’s brother in Katmandu. He was a painter and gave me little packets of ground paints, including the precious lapis lazuli. He was a great inspiration to me.
Much later I went to Epsom School of Art and then to Christchurch Canterbury where I became a teacher with Art as my major subject. I also went to Reigate School of Art and Design, obtaining an HND in Fine Art with a distinction, along with a City and Guilds Life Drawing and Creative Drawing Certificates.
I paint mainly in oils and pastels – I go to a special place, sometimes real, sometimes in my imagination and feel the excitement. I paint the effect it has on my spirit – the warmth, the sunlight, the feel of rough stone, the smell of cornfields -the lasting memory of sitting, completely absorbed in my canvas.
Living for a while in the Far East, I experienced the vibrant colours and the spiritual depiction of places I visited. I love painting the feeling and memories left after leaving, sometimes representational, sometimes in abstract form.
I have exhibited in many galleries in London, including the Mall Galleries, Llewellyn Alexander, Belaire in Dulwich, the Yehudi Menhuin School and many local places including Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey.
I am a founder member of ShedArt and helped to create the Studio in Newdigate.