Teacher's diploma Southbank University 1972-5
Art & design BA Honours Degree at West Surrey College of Art 1975 -8
Teacher of Art & Home Economics for 16 years.
Full time Professional Artist
Member of Maison des Artists in France
Numerous awards (20) and diplomas, including three gold medals in international salons in
International Art "Michel Ange" award in Italy 2010
from Italia in arte.
Exhibits principally in Europe and ocasionally in China, Japan and USA.
Represented by Paola Trevisan International.Italy
Permanent artist with Artligre Paris.
A visit to Japan in 2009 during the Autumn period brought about this collection of vibrant landscapes of the famous temple gardens in Kyoto and near Tokyo.
The marvellous striking maples and accers lends itself to the mixed techniques I use. You will see that the detail is enhanced with a multitude sitching which is worked on the the painted paper. It is a technique that I have developed over twenty years. The result is awesome and very beautiful when the light throws over the threads to bring out the richness of texture and colour. The details come out three dimensional and becomes very lifelike.
A famous garden in Kyoto where deer and heron can be seen freely roaming about.
Nara Park in Autumn during the Autumn festival in Kyoto.
Kyoto Temple garden
A view from the lake in the famous golden temple in Kyoto
This collection was created by my stay in Valensole valley near Digne les Bains this summer. The watercolours were directly worked 'en plein air", to capture the light as would the impressionists have done. Then back in my studio, I embroidered the gorgeous textures and details of the pastures or fields. The threads come alive and you can feel the wind in the grasses.
The wonderful mix of colours in the foreground; lavander, poppies and wild grasses just sing in the freshness of the morning. The hills in the distance have a profound sense of distance, with the gradation of blues.
My favorite wild flower which depicts gaiety and delicateness. Poppies rejoice is a study of a wild clump seen dancing in the wind at the valley of valensole.
In Provence, the mystical round construction called "bori"., is a wonderful site especially surrounded by a lavender field
In the heat of the day, this little church sitting at the bottom of a little valley captured my attention. The striking crop of sage which is grown for medicine looks majestic and delicate against the old stone of the church. the place just oozes of history. The bell tower is a typical shape in Proveçal medieval architecture.
After a day of painting, just as the sun was creeping down, I spotted the tall spies of sage once again, taking on a different aspect and appearing solid and powerful silouetted in the muted background.
In this farming community, there are acres of sunflowers. This is true Provençal vision. I just love their jolly heads and in a mass just calls for embroidery.