My background is in art and I’ve been painting all my life, am very much self taught but over the years have been a student at The Mendip Painting Centre and of local renowned artist, Barry Paine. Both in Somerset where I live. My paintings most often portray local scenery, the Devon coast, The Algarve, Portugal. I enjoy the challenge of painting changing and shifting light in all mediums. The paintings that result are illuminated by my love of working with many and varied subjects. I have exhibited widely throughout the West Country, concentrating on all the major Art Weeks and Trails and The Royal Bath and West Show where in 2002 I was awarded 1st place for best picture followed by several Commendations in subsequent years. I have run my own School of Art for almost ten years and love the interactivity with students of all ages and abilities. I’ve also been taking students to Portugal on Painting holidays since 2005, where friends run a small holiday complex. I trained as a colour therapist in 2006 and find this invaluable both with my teaching and my own painting. I love working with people, helping them release their creative talent, enjoy colour and find a passion in art and nature. I live with the youngest of my three boys and one cat in Blagdon, North Somerset.