Hefted to the hills
I am a local artist and I brlong to three local art societies and to the Society of Equstrian Artists.
I took up painting when I could no longer ride due to ill health some years ago. Art has been a great pleasure and a source of inspiration, making new friends, and visiting artists in their studios during open art weekends; also various galleries all over the country.
Local artists such as Ray Balkwill and Sarah Bell have been a great influence and a source of help and encouragement over the years.
I also studied painting and drawing at Bicton College where I was awarded the St Cuthbert's Paper Mill prize for the Best Watercolour Student in 2007.
I enjoy the beautiful colours and transparency of watercolour but also like to experiment with mixed media, pastel, and acrylic paints.
I love painting animals, particularly horses, sheep, cows and ducks. i find animals the most difficult but also the most rewarding subject, and I try to express their spirit and character.
A sketchbook is always in my handbag to use on trains, buses, trips, whenever there are a few minutes to spare.
There is great enjoyment in having a day out sketching and painting landscapes. Favourite subjects are thatched cottages, moorland - particularly Woodbury Common and Dartmoor -, also harbours and rivers especially the Exe Estuary and the Rivers Otter and Teign.