Original Artworks Sold between 1973-2003
A variety of 160 paintings in various styles and mediums have been produced and sold over this period of time to private buyers.
The most greatly sold subject has been wild life painted, usually in large scale and in oils.
Between 1986-2003 commissioned to paint 34 portraits in a variety of mediums from oils to pencil to individuals around the UK, some of these were commissioned through an agent whilst living in Manchester.
6 x landscapes of various sizes painted in oils commissioned between 1987-1989
South Norwood Gallery 1976
Partington Library 1985
Salford Art Gallery Exhibition 1986
Ideal Home and Beauty Exhibition 1987
Broad Colney Art Group Annual Exhibition 1990
St Albans Festival 1994
Jeckyll's Gallery, St Albans 1997
Potters Bar Exhibition 1998
Bedford MarstonVale 2004
HVAF Open Studios 2004
Walkern Gallery 2004
Walkern Gallery 2005
The Place, Letchworth 2005
Maynard Gallery 2005
Radlett Centre 2005
Designed and ran `Access to Active Art' website, for my own business, to promote artists through competitions-ran an international art competition via the web. Winners Jolander Ritcher, Austria - cash prize ?500 and Allision Sherburne, St Albans -?200 of artist materials
Joined Courtyard Studios in February 2004. Courtyard Art Studio, Ampthill. Open to visitors Monday to Saturday when one or more artist is present at the studio.
Work Experience with children
Devonshire School - helped the class to develop a school frieze
Fund raising for Oxfam - involvement in pilot scheme to educate 11-16 years on the role of Oxfam in the Third World.
St Bernadette's School, London Colney - taught artistic activities to children in the nursery environment
February 2004 County Youth Services, Stevenage employed as an Art Project Worker to run workshops around the County.
Workshop 5th March 2004 at Bancroft Youth Centre-transfers for t-shirts
3 x Workshops July 2004 Harpenden Centre clay modelling and collage
2 x Workshops November 2004 Hitchin Young Carers in Hertfordshire clay modelling
Ortenbrook School - Prizes for school fund raising of portrait in oils
Children in Need - Donated picture of `Mary Mourning Christ' for auction
London Colney Evangelical Church - Raise funds for Romanian orphanages through commissioning pencil portraits
Artist and Illustration Exhibition - Auctioned abstract piece for NSPPC
Warden Controlled Care for Elderly in Stevenage - donated prize for raffle of portrait
in pencil for winner 2003
Bowmansgreen School Backdrop for Wizard of Oz 1991
Back drop for `London Night' 1992
Designed t-shirt to sell to raise school funds 1992
Oxfam - Designed and developed a game to teach children the way in which Oxfam helps the Third World.
HVAF - North Herts Area Co-ordinator for `HVAF Open Studios 2003
HVAF - Membership Secretary-2003- 2004
Bancroft Youth Club, Hitchin - Ran art workshop
Inglenook Society 1984-1987
Salford Art Club 1984-1986
Broad Colney Art Group 1990-1992
Herts Visual Art Forum 2004
Society for All Artists 2004
Courtyard Arts Centre 2004
Bedfordfordshire Artists Network 2004
The Place Letchworth 2004
I have always been artistically talented from a small child but I truly began to develop my skills from 1972 by teaching myself.
My love of art has continued over the years making me determined to find time to experiment and develop throughout the `highs and lows' of also bringing up a large family of eight children!
Using any scraps of paper or hardboard and even any blank sections of walls in my home, I sketched, drew and painted using pencil, oils and watercolours.
Drawing from my life around me anyone and everything became the subject of my attention! I also used photographs of wild life from books for reference and then went on to use my own style and imagination to take the subject a step further form the original.
As an admirer of many of the great artists I studied their works and copied them so I could understand the techniques and styles that could be used. I soon began to realise the importance of understanding the use of colour, composition, light and shadow to develop the illusion of depth, space and form.
Within a couple of years I began selling my artwork to private buyers that visited my home and also began selling paintings placed in local shops and galleries.
My skills have developed through experimenting, trial and error so that I am now able to express my self through my art using my memory bank without inhibition.
I am also able paint and draw in great detail illustrating the complicity of nature.
Throughout the years I have donated art for charitable events and worked voluntarily sharing my artistic skills within the school and nursery environment demonstrating the ability to teach through play and encouragement.
In 2002-2003 I set up a website Access to Active Art that encouraged artists from all over the world to enter an International Open Art Competition. The 1st Prize of ?500 cash won by Jolanda Ritcher, from Austria, for a beautiful figurative painting. The 2nd Prize of ?200 artist's materials was won by Allison Sherburne, St Albans, England, with an amazing abstract piece.
The website is no longer running as the project was becoming too large to handle with out any support.
At this present time I am the Membership Secretary for the Herts Visual Forum and I am also in the process of developing workshops for youth projects and schools. The subject matter of the workshops will be flexible enough to fit into a school's curriculum or any group's specific needs.
Acrylics, Canvas, Collage, Coloured Pencil, Drawing, Gouache, Mixed Media, Oils, Pastels, Pencil/Charcoal, Watercolour, Watercolour Pencil
Abstract, Animals, Expressionism, Figure, Illustration, Impressionism, Landscape, Old Masters, Portrait, Still Life, Wildlife
HVAF Open Studios Sept-Oct 2004
Walkern Gallery November 2004
Walkern Gallery January 2005
Maynard Gallery 2005
The Place, Letchworth 2005
Radlett Art Centre 2005
For further details please email me through the normal channels on this website.