Growing up in Lymington on the edge of The New Forest and by the famous sailing waters of The Solent, I spent most of my time riding horses or messing about on boats but however much I enjoyed being on the water, riding horses and being around animals was my favourite occupation.
Moving to London in my early twenties, I worked in a variety of jobs including conference organising and futures trading. All were entirely unrelated to art! Then in 2001, my husband and I relocated to Scotland with two black labradors and absolutely no idea what we were going to do there!
After joining the very active local art club I immediately caught the bug of painting for pleasure; a hobby that quickly turned into an appreciation of painting that has never left me. I began to take commissions fairly early on, which included many pet portraits generally done in pastels. Encouraged by the responses, I decided that being an artist might be for me and have never looked back.
At first I painted in watercolours, once capturing the beautiful Clyde built Fife Yachts built at Fairlee by generations of the Fife family. Boats come from all over the world to Scotland to join in The Fife Regatta. An event that takes place every 3 or 4 years along the Scottish coast. It’s a spectacular sight that includes yachts the size of tall ships such as Shenandoah down to smaller wooden hulled sailing boats.
In 2009 I opened my studio (and garage!) for the first time participating in the annual Cowal Open Studios artists studio trail held in September every year. Visitors experience at first hand the processes that go into making finished works and crafts and enjoy free workshops, talks and demonstrations in some venues.
I was delighted to be invited to run a series oil painting workshops in 2011 at Portavadie, Loch Fyne, a stunning spa and marina complex, and held solo exhibitions there during that time.
Tighnabruaich is a well known stopping off point for The Waverley, the last ocean going paddle steamer in operation today. Hugely popular with visitors and residents alike, her itinerary in this part of the world is often referred to as a trip ‘Doon The Watter’. I am one of several artists over the years to offer artwork for sale on the pier and to be involved with The Tighnabruaich Pier Association; an organisation that exists solely to raise funds to protect and maintain the pier for the area and for The Waverley's summer visits here.
I was accepted in 2016 as a participating artist with McTear’s Auctioneers in Glasgow in their Scottish Contemporary Artists online auctions and continued exhibiting with them until fairly recently.
Since 2010, I have been exhibiting paintings in The Royal An Lochan Hotel, Tighnabruaich. Now a warm and friendly family run hotel, it has been beautifully renovated and has stunning views across The Kyles Of Bute. It is also where one of Scotland's best known artists, Stuart Herd of The Harbour Gallery, Tarbert, Loch Fyne, has his third gallery within the hotel.
As a lifelong animal lover I like to support a number of animal charities, especially those that rescue and offer re-education in the care of animals. I absolutely believe that, in the words of Lyn White of the wonderful animal charity 'Animals In Australia'... "Every animal we share this planet with craves safety, wants love, fears violence and deserves protection".
The Charities listed here are among a small number of animal rescue charities that I like to support through my work as an artist.