Elected as a Member of a National Society, the United Society of Artists. I annually exhibited with the Society firstly at Westminster Hall and later at The Menier Gallery and Bankside Gallery in Central London from 1997 until the Society's demise in 2019. Like a lot of societies, there was no-one willing to take on the various tasks necessary to put on large-scale exhibitions anymore.
In 1995 I joined Herts Visual Arts and participated in the annual OPEN STUDIOS event annually until 2019 and Covid!
I ran workshops from my home studio and gave demonstrations-mostly with workshops-for Art Societies in Herts, Middx, Beds and Bucks for 20 years (101 demos in all) teaching all abilities- and up to 25 people at a time-to enjoy the process of painting. When a major op stopped me in my tracks I decided it was time to slow down - just a little! My desire to encourage and inspire remains undiminished, Summer workshops are held in my pretty cottage garden which is a wonderful resource (weather permitting) or my Studio. Private Tuition is also given in drawing and painting to all abilities.
For many years watercolour has been my first love. Nowadays this is often combined with other media or collage to create textural effects. Sculpture in stoneware fired clay is also a passion of mine, these pieces, taken from life and imagination are suitable for the home and the garden. In recent years I have enjoyed creating animals and garden creatures from wire. The rabbit shown took many hours of wiring!
A deep love of nature is reflected in colourful paintings in watercolour, mixed media, oils, acrylic and, occasionally, encaustic wax. Favourite themes are landscape, coastal scenes, gardens, figures, animals and birds and still life. I'm a fervent sketcher and love life drawing, which during the past 18 months I've been enjoying via zoom after many years of regular workshops. (Please see my Instagram link at the bottom of the page for recent sketches/paintings.) Sculpture has also moved 'on-line' once our regular class ended.
Work is shown in local galleries and two coffee shops, Ocean Bells in Watford and The Village Cafe, in Bushey.
In 2007 a watercolour was purchased by Bushey Museum, Herts for their collection of work by local artists.
In 2010 a depiction of Watford Museum under snow, was chosen by Watford Mayor Dorothy Thornhill in her Christmas Card competition. 1000 cards are annually printed and sent out by Mayor and the card raised over £2,000 for charity.
Commissioned work is hung in Watford's twin towns of Mainz, Germany and Pesaro, Italy. Privately purchased work has found its way to many parts of the world, including: France, Switzerland, Dubai, Canada, the U.S.A, the Czech Republic, Pakistan and Columbia.