I started watercolour painting back in 1994 alongside bringing up a family, living abroad and working as a nurse. I took several evening classes and would take any opportunity to sit and sketch the children and paint seascapes on the beach or paint landscapes from photos taken on holiday.
Since then this yearning for painting has become my passion. I have undertaken workshops, much reading and online courses to inspire and help develop my artistic skills alongside the many experiential painting hours alone and with others. I now paint in watercolour and pastels.
In my professional role as a nurse, Health Visitor and Specialist Nurse Practitioner I was responsible for and gained significant experience in teaching and inspiring others. It is these skills, along with, my increasing artistic abilities that I used to set up and run a local art group. In addition, I have run several art workshops and am currently holding ‘painting from your own photograph’ and 'exploring soft pastels' workshops. Many beginner artists find it difficult to work from their own photographs and I love getting people to see more behind a flat image (rather than just replicating a photo), e.g. what did you want to capture when you took the photo, what do you want to visually communicate, how can you do that with your chosen medium and what about the composition?
These questions inspire my work. They help me to clarify why I chose certain compositions, think about the tonal quality of the painting, think about what medium to choose, what size/format of painting, what colour palette, so many questions, always learning...
To keep curiosity fuelled I keep looking at other artists work through galleries, websites, open exhibitions, art journals and books, these all help me to shape my practice. I get out and about and use sketches to aid studio painting. I am aware of what colours and compositions of seascapes and landscapes inspire me. I am fascinated by Japanese landscape woodblocks prints with their lines, compositions and colours. The colours and painting of the landscapes and seascapes by Paul Signac and the landscapes of Paul Nash also inspire my work.