Please note that my studio will be closed during Open Studios 2021. Due to unforeseen circumstances I am unable to take part but look forward to next year. Drawing people and portraits has been a passion of mine for many years. Recently I have been indulging in merging realism with abstraction in my figure and portrait paintings. Sometimes using a pre-painted colourful background and sometimes painting the background together with the subject. My landscapes are often derived from my pleine aire sketches and my imagination with a subtle reference to the real world. I use colour expressively to capture a feeling or mood. In the same way my landscapes often include the suggestion of a house or home as a metaphor for feeling part of the landscape. It wasn’t till I retired from a career in IT marketing that I took up art again. I am generally self-taught but have attended workshops and classes at The Norfolk Painting School, Heatherley’s School of Art, LARA, The Barns Atelier and Lavender Hill. While living in Texas I won an “Honourable Mention” award for two paintings at the Watercolour Art Society Houston. I have paintings in private collections at home and abroad. I actively take part in Open Studios, Arts Alive, AppArt, Contemporary Art Fairs and Exhibitions at various venues around the country.