After teaching in schools, Sixth Form College and Adult Education for a number of years I took early retirement to paint. I subsequently gained diplomas with distinction in Imagework, Garden Design, and Art and Design, subjects which reflect my main interests.
When I came to write my thesis for Imagework, a tool of psychotherapy using creative visualisation, I chose as my subject the way its techniques could be used to enhance one’s imagination and bring new depth to one’s art. Subsequently a friend and I ran residential painting courses to explore and share these ideas, and my own work has been much influenced by this.
My greatest loves are painting, collaging, collagraph printing, and- more recently- digital art, and I am an enthusiastic journal and sketch-book creator. I am never happier than when taking part in projects. One of the most exciting was when a group I belonged to was invited to be the resident artists at the Glastonbury Festival as the culmination of a fascinating project on the preparations for the Festival over the course of the year, though sadly at the last minute illness prevented me from attending the festival itself. Others resulted from invitations to mount exhibitions at Glastonbury Abbey. My individual projects include one on my garden, one on meals as celebrations of friendship (see Blog) and, more recently, on some of the magnificent churches of West Dorset.
For all my projects I keep A4 journals of photos, drawings and writings, including a 6 volume illustrated journal of our garden throughout the year, and I have filled numerous books with drawings made of the lovely West Dorset countryside and on trips abroad, especially France and Morocco
Drawings from my journal
I have exhibited in the Home counties as well as in Dorset, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire, and my work is to be found as far away as Canada, Australia, and the Middle East as well as in a number of European countries, something that gives me a lot of pleasure.