I am a landscape painter/teacher living on the Isle of Skye. I initially trained at Manchester Polytechnic and obtained a first class honours degree in Illustration. I was commissioned to work on numerous projects including Alice in Wonderland by Octopus Books, Beauty and the Beast by Frederick Warne. In 1985 I moved to Gloucestershire to work at the Prema Project Arts centre in Uley, working as an artist in residence. It is here that I began my teaching career. I worked with a variety of community groups, art colleges, prisons, and was the art teacher at The Nelson House drug rehabilitation centre for 10 years. I ran weekly painting and drawing classes from my studio in Stroud. I moved to Skye in 2013, to the village of Ardvasar. This is where my mother grew up and where I spent many happy childhood holidays.
My home and studio here on Skye are well placed to draw upon the inspiration of the environment. I have wonderful panoramic sea views across the sound of Sleat, where I daily observe the natural dramas of the ever-changing weather and elusive ‘Skye light’. My passion is to capture and express the differing moods and atmosphere of the place. Since moving to Skye I have been inspired and set free to develop a new painting style, where the challenge is to capture and recreate the fleeting nuances of the forces of nature – sea, air and light. I am particularly fascinated by the light and how it plays on the sea and distant mountains, always surprising, and a never ending challenge to paint! I host a selection of residential painting retreats from my home and studio on Skye, I enjoy sharing my passion and love of this beautiful island with others.
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