Little about me
'm an international selling artist specialising in pet portraits. I live and paint in the beautiful South Downs National Park, England with my husband and three dogs
It all began with a tiny nightingale watercolour. Desperate to get my uncle Peter something special for his birthday, I searched the loft for my old watercolour paints.
I’ve always had a huge passion for anything that has fluffy ears and a tail. As a child, I would lie on my belly drawing animal after animal, especially dogs. My father was a talented watercolour artist and encouraged me to add colour to my many sketches. Although it scared me at first and I found it hard to control, I loved how it brought my animals to life.
Although I continued to play around with watercolour paints, dipping in and out of it as the years went by, it wasn’t until my uncle’s nightingale that I was hooked, it was the right time, my art journey had begun!
At that time I was running my own gardening business full time, so the art had to fit in with that. It was still dogs I loved to paint, so it was a natural progression to take on pet portrait commissions. It started with friends, then friends of friends and the next thing I was sending pet portraits out to America! At that point, it was hard to fit it all in and feel I had the time to explore my style, so I reduced my gardening work and started to concentrate on setting up my art business.
So today I still continue to learn and take huge pleasure in painting with watercolour. I strive to keep my work loose, free and fresh.
It’s an unpredictable medium but it’s magic and I just adore it!
Over the last few years, I've begun teaching and have absolutely loved it.
It's something I never thought I could do but I like to think the class as a group of friends gathered together to learn and enjoy watercolour. This has really worked in creating a lovely relaxed and happy atmosphere in the studio.
I look forward to doing many more in future!