Watercolour has been my joy for over 17 years now and apart from a 6 month period of 2 classes a week from Welsh artist Arnold Lowrey I am self taught. You’ll find me most days painting in my back bedroom next to my graciously north lit window looking out on my back yard in a mid-terrace 19th century mine workers house.
I paint animals pure and simple – natural colours, natural expressions, natural poses and just a pinch of magical spatter. I use my art to hopefully increase the appreciation of animals and the integral part they have in our world
Also I feel a deep need to paint something that will always be relevant – that won’t “age”. I want these animals to stay with their recipients forever – even becoming heirlooms and always appropriate whatever the age.
Their faces, expressions, shapes and mannerisms are an endless source of fun and joy to me during the painting process. I can spend hours just searching out that perfect shot to paint.
Silence is golden and I rarely paint in anything but quietness and evenings, when all the trammel and my day’s errands are done, are the best time for me to hatch the magic that is watercolour. Feeling and seeing the watercoluor move on the paper and watch its slightly unpredictable reactions is what keeps me enthralled and excited as is the growing form and expression of an animal said just so.
I hope to help raise awareness of animal protection, their feelings and needs by being able to support several international charities as much as possible.
More recently in 2011 I have been fortunate to have been featured in Southern Living magazine in theUSA, on Utah KSL TV Studio 5 show and in Easy Living magazine in the UK.