I grew up in the South of England, and came to Northern Ireland to study law in the mid Sixties. I married a lawyer, had three children, and having qualified as a solicitor worked in the legal world until the mid 1990s when I decided to explore a hitherto suppressed desire to paint. A love of colour and the interactions of colours have fascinated me since my visits as a child to the Aladdin’s cave that was Liberty of London, and my first visit to the Tate Gallery, aged 12, where I purchased four postcards –a Rothko, a Pollock, a Dali, and a Picasso. I don’t know what that says about me ( I still have them)! Until this decision my garden had been my canvas and my home was full of the works of others.
My first love was watercolour, but ever experimental, I now use oils, acrylics, and mixed media, exploring both the figurative and the abstract in my works. I came to pastels very recently, having shied away from the dust and fixatives for years. (even though I have always drawn in charcoal!) Eventually the vibrancy of the colour and spontaneity which the medium allows got the better of me, and throwing caution to the wind I proceeded to work in my loose way with the softest pastels on the roughest surfaces possible, leaving my work unfixed. My first “major” pastel was accepted by the RUA, and I was well and truly “hooked”!
I am a full member of the Art Society of Ulster (President 2003 – 2005), Ulster Watercolour Society, and full member (Diploma Holder) and President of the Ulster Society of Women Artists (2010 -2012). I have received awards from all these Societies, and received the award for Still Life at the Pastel Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition in Newry, 2011 while an Associate member. I am delighted that I can now call myself a full member of this Society
My work has been accepted for exhibition by the RUA, RHA, Mall Gallery London (final of the Laing Exhibition), BBC, and several group exhibitions in local galleries.
I have work in private collections in UK, Ireland, America and South Africa.