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Statement
My work reflects my love of Dartmoor and the surrounding area. I have lived on the edge of Dartmoor for over 30 years. This location is a constant source of inspiration for my work. Before moving to Devon I lived in Somerset and attended printmaking classes at Sydney Place, Bath. I taught ceramics at Frome College and in the evening, life drawing classes. I continued with my love of drawing the figure by studying actors and dancers in rehearsals. My sketches, I later developed into collograph prints. These can be seen on my figurative page.

 

I love exploring different ways of working and mark making, by using oil pastel with graphite or more recently soft pastel on specialist pastel paper combined with charcoal, gouache and graphite.

When I draw pleine-air, I take my watercolours with me but still add oil pastel to complete the drawing. Later in the studio, I produce finished pieces from my sketches and photos.

 I have exhibited my work in Cardiff, Bath, Bristol (West of England Royal Academy, ), Frome  Dartington Hall and more recently St Ives at the St Ives Society of Artists venue, Norway Square. My work is in a number of private collections throughout the UK.

I am a member of Drawn to the Valley, a local art group which exhibits members work and organize workshops and open studios throughout the Tamar Valley.

Courses:

BA (hons) in ceramics at Cardiff Art College. I studied under well known ceramic artists, Alan Barrett-Danes and Geoffrey Swindel, between 1978-1982.

PGCE Birmingham in Art and Design 1984

llanover Hall Arts Centre, 1984-5 (life drawing and printmaking classes)

Sydney Place (printmaking)

Employment:

Teacher of Ceramics at Frome college 1984-1988

Part-time teacher life drawing, Plymouth college of art (textile dept) 1988

Taught Art and music at Tavistock college. 1988-1996

Evening class tutor in ceramics and clay sculpture, Tavistock college 1990-1996

Taught art and drama, Southway community college. 1996-1998

Music, art and drama teacher, Hele's community college, 1998-2020

Currently running workshops in pastel drawing at Kelly Bray, Art and Frame Centre.