I grew up and was educated in England spending my last two years of schooling at the Nottingham School of Art. Denied a job as a commercial artist because I was a woman and the job involved an apprenticeship I spent a couple of years as a window dresser then moved into the rag trade and became a children’s wear designer. I Worked for three companies in Nottingham then not long after getting married we came to Australia and I began16 years of working for Bonds in the children’s design department. When I was about 48 I decided to get back into the art side of things and have been painting ever since. In 1986 my husband Barry and I decided to sell the house and move onto our 29 foot yacht which was one of the best things we have ever done. After 8 years we moved ashore to Victoria and about 9 of years later I started Classes with Jan Long. This was another good thing as my painting improved tremendously over the next many years. I now teach drawing at the Bairnsdale and District Arts Society where I have been a member about 23 years.

I can’t say I paint anything in particular and will try anything (sometimes only once) But due to spending those few years on a boat I love to paint boats, beaches, lighthouses etc. I was lucky that I was working when I started to paint and could afford the best in paints, brushes and paper. Good quality in these three helps to make a better painting much easier to attain. I also like to see my paintings well framed by a professional framer. I use Windsor and Newton Watercolours, Saunders Waterford 638 gsm paper, mostly hot press but sometimes NOT. I occasionally do a pastel and I love graphite but mostly I do watercolour, I began entering exhibitions when I hoped I was good enough and sometimes win a prize which is very gratifying and a boost to my confidence.

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