ABOUT THE ARTIST

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I am an artist inspired by the natural world. After 25 years of being Head of the Art Department in Crofton School, Stubbington, I took early retirement in order to pursue my passion of making art. Wool Painting is a unique technique that I discovered through my interests in experimenting with media, and has now become my signature style and most recognisable works. The 'Ammonite Series', were my first series of Wool Paintings; the soft and delicate material of merino wool has been cleverly manipulated to resemble the hard, detailed rocky surface of ammonite swirls. This illusion makes it initially difficult to tell the media used, only being revealed upon a closer inspection of the work. I also have a large portfolio of other mixed media works from over my teaching years. Techniques such as; printing, painting, ceramics, drawing, sculpture and mixed media. My versatile practice revolves around the wildlife, the natural world and my love for the outdoors and environmental conservation. 

I run regular art classes and workshops for all ages and abilities from home and at other locations on request. I also exhibit my work around Hampshire and I'm currently expanding the reach of my work beyond my home county.  

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I work from my art cabin in my back garden at home. I set up the space with my wools, canvases and equipment, and from then it's been my art studio. I am lucky to have a space in which I can make large works - slowly my pieces have got bigger and bigger in size which has been an exciting process for me to develop and expand my practice. 

This is also the space where I run my classes and workshops. It will fit a maximum of 8 people, and means that it will be small, personal classes with plenty of 1:1 tuition. 

WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME, MEET ME, VIEW MY WORK THIS YEAR

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CHALKS GALLERY, LYMINGTON, NEW FOREST 28 JUNE - 1 OCTOBER 22

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SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS, ROMSEY  6 JULY - 13 JULY 22

ON SITE ALL DAY SUNDAY 10 JULY 22

MUDEFORD ARTS FESTIVAL, CHRISTCHURCH, DORSET 30-31 JULY 22

HAMPSHIRE OPEN STUDIOS, GARDEN STUDIO, LOCKS HEATH  20-25 AUGUST 22

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SOUTHERN NATURE ART EXHIBITION, FAREHAM, HAMPSHIRE. 26-29 AUGUST 22

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GARDEN SHOW BROADLANDS, ROMSEY, HAMPSHIRE 30, 31 SEPTEMBER - 1 OCTOBER 22

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FAREHAM ART GROUP ANNUAL EXHIBITION 28-30 OCTOBER 22

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FORT PURBROOK CHRISTMAS FAIR, PORTSMOUTH 5-6 NOVEMBER 22

I WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING A NUMBER OF ART / MAKERS MARKETS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR - EVENT AND LOCATION INFORMATION ADVERTISED THROUGH INSTAGRAM ON AN ONGOING BASIS.

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IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THAT SPECIAL GIFT FOR A NATURE LOVER OR ADD TO YOUR ART COLLECTION YOU CAN VISIT MY STUDIO BY APPOINTMENT. GET IN TOUCH THROUGH MY CONTACT PAGE

ARTIST CV

Education 

1993 - 1994

Post Graduate in Teaching Art

1985 - 1988

BA (Hons) Ceramics and Glass Degree

Exhibitions 

2022

Aquamarine,. Chalks Gallery, Lymington. 

2022

Into the Wild. Chalks Gallery, Lymington. 

2022

Titchfield Art Show, Titchfield Community Centre. WINNER OF JUDGES VOTE.

2022

Cabinet of Curiosities. Chalks Gallery, Lymington. 

2021

Titchfield Art & Craft Show, Titchfield Community Centre. COMMENDED BY JUDGES.

2021

Southern Nature Art Exhibition. Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham.

2021

Fareham Art Exhibition, Titchfield Community Centre.

2021

Southern Nature Art Exhibition. WINNER OF JUDGES VOTE.

2021

Hampshire Open Studios, Studio Address.

2020

Southern Nature Art Exhibition, Online. WINNER OF PUBLIC VOTE.

2020

Hampshire Open Studios, Studio Address.

2020

Plastic Free Shop, Warsash

2020

Pop-Up Exhibition. Artists Inspired By Nature, Locks Heath Centre

2019

Nicky Heard, Wickham Art Fair

2019

Artists Inspired by Nature, Hampshire Open Studios

2019

Turning the Tide, Explosions Museum Gosport

2018

Ammonite Series, Fareham Public Library

TEACHER

1994-2019

Head of Art Department at Crofton Secondary School for 25 years. Taught 11-16 year olds KS3 and GCSE classes.

ARTIST

TEACHER

2019- present

 

Retired in 2019 to become a full time felt painting artist after spending a year developing the technique and studying the art of textiles and fibres. 

2019- present

 

Run felt painting classes and workshops from home in my art cabin for any age or skill set.

ACHIEVEMENTS

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JUDGES CHOICE - 1ST PLACE

2022

Titchfield Art and Craft Show.

Work: Hippo (2020) Wool and Ink on Canvas, 50x75cm.

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JUDGES CHOICE - COMMENDED

2021

Titchfield Art and Craft Show.

Work: Bee (2020) Wool and Ink on Canvas, 40x40cm.

JUDGES CHOICE - WINNER

2021

Southern Nature Art Exhibition

Work: Red Kite I (2021) Wool and Ink on Canvas, 100x100cm.

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PUBLIC CHOICE - WINNER

2020

Southern Nature Art Exhibition

Work: Giraffe (2020) Wool and Ink on Canvas, 100x50cm.

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PUBLICATIONS

The GUARDIAN Newspaper Sat 28 May 2022

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The DIGITAL CLOTH e-magazine - issue 6 - 2020

Digital Cloth October 2020

2020

Article written for the Digital Cloth Magazine

October, issue 6

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