Biography

EXHIBITIONS AND COMMISSIONS

Exhibitions

Exhibitions include: RWA Drawn Exhibition, Bristol Children's Hospital, Bath Flower Show, Clevedon Art Club, Clifton Art Cllub, Cheddar Art Group, Regent Gallery Weston super Mare, Bath Prize, Harbourside Gallery, Sidcot Art Centre, North Somerset Arts Week Cheddar Arts Fringe Festival and The Arts Quarter, Cheddar.

Commissions

Carnival Float for Weston super Mare Rotary Club, Safety Town Murals, Mural for Slaters Arms North Wales, Mural for Minecraft Club, Llantrisant.

Other Achievements

Finalist in Bath Prize competition; Prize for funniest Painting Harbourside Gallery Bristol, Artist in Residence Regency Gallery Weston super Mare. HND Fine Art with the Open College of the Arts (Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media and Watercolour painting)



Below: Studio 3 Exhibition Clevedon Craft Centre 2022

ABOUT ME

I have been painting now for about 20 years and I love it.  Before that I ran my own pottery business, making figurines and cottages by hand on a theme of fairy tales and Victorian life.

 

I work in various mediums:  acrylic, oil, watercolour and mixed media.  My sketchbooks are mainly water colour with added pencil work.  I prefer to paint outside in the landscape, but if this is not possible I work in my studio from sketches and photographs. I try to capture the magical effect that light (or the absence of it) produces.

 

I like my work to look bright and contemporary.  Apart from landscapes, I like to tell a story.  


Covid 19 has presented a challenging and difficult time.  Going for walks in the countryside has been very therapeutic and I have Produced a series of paintings following this experience.

LATEST NEWS

2022

I am currently working as a part time tutor locally for Seasons Art.


My first exhibition of the year is at Studio 3 Gallery, part of Clevedon Craft Centre and this finishes on March 6th. I am showing a selection of old and new work.  Open daily.


2021

Well, this year I have been trying to get back to normal (a bit).  It started with an exhibition in Cheddar at the Arts Quarter.  This was in conjunction with my cousin, Linda Challis, a pastel artist from Swansea.


After that, it was North Somerset Arts Week and I decided to exhibit from my studio in Banwell.  After clearing out all of the junk (!!!) it looked very nice.  We had quite a few visitors and I made some new friends and a few sales. (see picture on the left)


Follow the link below if you would like to see a short video of this:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CTpYHiTr5kF/


The next exhibition on the agenda is Clevedon Craft Centre, Studio 3, in January 2022.


2020

This has been a difficult year with all exhibitions and classes being cancelled due to Covid 19.


I have been experimenting with more abstract landscapes in addition to producing a series of  bright landscapes based on local walks during Lockdown. I am planning to participate in North Somerset Arts online exhibition in October this year.

 

Two years ago, I completed the degree course at University Centre Weston, obtaining a first class honours degree in Contemporary Art with Professional Studies.

 

Immediately after the degree show at collage I organised a solo exhibition,  'The Mists of Time' at The Old Town Quarry, Weston super Mare.


In 2019 I participated in various exhibitions including North Somerset Arts Week and Alumni Students at The Sovereign Centre, Weston super Mare.  I started teaching small group classes in painting (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour and Collage).


In addition to this I was inspired to complete a collage about Bristol Zoo after hearing that they still had the polar bear (Mischa) on their premises (stuffed).  The collage was about the zoom past and present and I discovered many very interesting facts, including body snatching and jilting at the alter!


I also tested a course in Psychogeography for the Open Coillege of the Arts, which resulted in a new body of work, including some poetry, lots of photography, collage and paintings.