I returned to university when I was 62 obtaining  my  BA [Hons] History of Art and Screen Media at Birkbeck, University of London at 65. My dissertation was on Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist and the portrayal of freedom in his work.  My studies brought about a dramatic sea change in and my approach to my work. 

 

I have been very much inspired by both The Post Impressionists such as Van Gogh with his vibrant pulsating use of colour and the American Expressonists with their fluidity of application of paint on  canvas.

 

I prefer the freedom of the palette knife to the more traditional  paint brush.  I have always been attracted by the dramatic effects n the change of the seasons and in particular woods, forests and the starkness of the trees especially silver birches against a winter skyline and the sea.  Amongst my work you will find coastal landscapes, Caribbean seascapes, the waterways of England, forests and woodlands in seasonal change. I also love capturing people enjoying life.  

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