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A formative highlight of my 1970s teenage years was time spent painting with peers at school. Until taking a studio in 2018 I had only sketched or painted occasionally and briefly, for instance when inspired by the colours and light of the changing seasons, a viewed exhibition, a family holiday, or a daughter’s art project. 

A residential course during the Autumn of 2010 with West Country landscape painter Ray Balkwill reminded me of the struggle and the satisfaction of this craft. Formative influences – after teachers Jo Thomas and Grahame Drew, and fellow painters past and current – include Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, Monet, Sisley, Russell, van Gogh and Bonnard.

I paint in oils on canvas or wood; mainly landscapes from photographs on site local to home – Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath and Richmond Park being favourite haunts – or from travels in Devon, Sussex, the West of Ireland, the Mediterranean, New England, New South Wales and Victoria Australia, and Aotearoa/New Zealand. I am inspired by the beauty of creation, by light and colour, and intrigued by the psychology of perception and the emotions that places evoke.

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