I work from my studio in Cheltenham in the beautiful Cotswolds. I’ve lived here for over 30 years now and have enjoyed many hilltop walks with my family and friends. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country and I love that wherever you are you can pretty much always the surrounding hills. Cheltenham is also famous for its architecture and of course, the many festivals. It’s a vibrant and exciting place to live!
I really enjoy travelling and exploring our beautiful world and it’s wonderful to be able combine that with my love for creating vibrant and exciting sketches and paintings. Using dynamic brush-strokes and colour to evoke movement and life, my style is free and adventurous. I try to bring out the character of the subject and perhaps reflect my own personality in each painting.
I love to use the paint and mixed media in a very loose and exciting style and I really enjoy the way this seems to almost give the paint a real life of it own. I adore colour and texture and creating the effect of movement and light. I also love to sketch and capture the moment!
Having studied portraiture, watercolour and pastel techniques, I have mainly found that my preferred medium is acrylic and mixed media, as I can create the textures and vibrant colours that have become my signature. I believe that we are always learning and it’s important to me to continuously improve, so in order to expand my knowledge and artistic skills, I’ve invested a lot of time and money over the years in order to receive training some hugely talented and popular UK Artists. It’s so exciting to spend time with other artists and learn from them – it really re-invigorates you!
My Mother is a talented Artist, who always sold and exhibited her work. I grew with the smell of oil paints and turps and it was completely natural for me to pick a paintbrush and join in. I can still remember the excitement of selling my very first painting at a very young age. I think it was a small painting of a tiny sparrow for just £5, which seemed a huge amount of money to me at the time! I’ve never lost that sense of delight and the thrill an artist feels when someone really enjoys your work. It is absolutely magical when a collector falls in love with a painting and totally connects with what you’ve produced. That, and the actual act of creating the work, is what it is all about for me.
In 2007 I was delighted to be approached by Winsor & Newton Artists materials to feature in promotional literature and on their website as one of their Acrylic Artists. I spent many hours testing new products and attending sessions at their head office to give feedback and work with other artists using their paints and mediums.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss a commission. I offer a unique consultation service where we can discuss your ideas and favourite places so that I can transform them into a unique and beautiful work of art. If you have a very large or perhaps an unusual space to fill, I can create large bespoke pieces to give your home a stunning focal point.
My work has sold widely in Galleries and exhibitions, mainly to private collectors. Thanks for looking at my website – I hope you enjoy your visit!
Incredible Artists that I’ve had the privilege of having had personal tuition from;
Aine Divine. Heat winner and runner up in Sky Portrait Artist of the Year and Winner of Star Portraits.
I found my time in Edinburgh with Aine was life-changing. She is a hugely inspirational teacher and incorporates well-being and psychology into her workshops, whilst also demonstrating her awesome and inspiring techniques. Aine helped me to paint very freely and to be in tune with my ‘inner artist’ so that I could paint in an intuitive style. You can see some of her joyous, spontaneous and beautiful work here; http://www.ainedivinepaintings.co.uk/
I followed Adebanji around South Cornwall with my paints and easel and we painted together for a whole week. What a fantastic experience that was! Adebanji is just so inspiring, he gets so excited and enthusiastic about his painting and it really is infectious. He taught me to use ‘one stroke’ and his method of painting from the ‘inside out’. His work is extraordinarily beautiful and you can find it here; http://www.adebanjialade.co.uk/
Wow! What a fabulous and fun time I had learning from Lynne. She’s so funny and had us all rushing around Sheffield (including jumping in and out of taxis!) sketching buildings, people, anything that moved and quite few things that didn’t. Lynne really taught me to draw quickly and spontaneously, to capture the moment. Using watercolours, some collage, coloured pencils and inks, it really realised the Urban sketcher within me and pushed my sketching to a new and exciting level. You can see more about Lynne and her fabulous work here: https://www.lynnechapman.co.uk/
Ronnie Drillsma – Contemporary Collage Artist and Teacher of Mixed Media
I had 1-2-1 workshops with Ronnie and learned so much from this exceptionally talented lady. Printing, Working with collage, inks, pastels, embossing – you name a mixed media technique and Ronnie will show you how to do it! She’s amazing. I absolutely adored my time with her and it’s such a thrill to be passing those skills to others. I love Ronnie’s work and find it unique, beautiful and so evocative. you can see it here: http://ronniedrillsmaartgallery.vpweb.co.uk/
http://www.spicelodge.com/ My work is on display/for sale here and the food and surroundings are fabulous!