I have always had a keen interest in art since an early age, but at school I was encouraged to study science and went on to do a degree in Biological Sciences at University. I went into teaching Biology and had a short break in my career at 40, when I attended Wimbledon Art School to do a Foundation year. I thoroughly enjoyed pursuing my creative side, but this was short-lived, as I returned to teaching for the remainder of my working life. As I always promised myself, when I turned 60, I began to study drawing and painting at Adult Education Centres and at the NEAC. I continue to experiment with different media and subjects and am excited by everything I try my hand at. I regularly exhibit at the Fountain Gallery in East Molesey, and I participate in Surrey Artists Open Studios. My recent work has been inspired by the changing seasons in the English countryside where I have tried to capture the atmosphere of the landscape. I have followed the months of autumn with those characteristic colours and the fruits and berries marking the end of summer. The snow and foggy mists which arrive in winter, with those dark atmospheric skies and leafless, skeletal trees. I am looking forward to Spring and Summer with the bursts of colour and the clear light. I love to get texture into my paintings which I think adds an extra dimension to each piece. In the last few years I have been working in clay after having been inspired by Grayson Perry. I have built quite a few large pieces by throwing coils and I like to use my drawing skills to sgraffito my pots .