Having studied a three year degree course in Graphic Design at Gloucester College of Art, I then worked as a visualizer in an advertising agency and a freelance illustrator while having a family. Now I will get into my studio and absorb myself in drawing and painting, as much as I can. Inspiration comes from a life long love of my garden, nature and travel, and often the discovering wonderful colour combinations and patterns in the simplicity and beauty of birds and wildlife. My painting style has evolved to using vivid colouring techniques and I would say a ‘freer’, semi abstract style. Different colours create different moods and have a great effect on the mood you feel when looking at artwork. One of my favourite colours is blue which doesn’t make me feel sad but calm and relaxed. I love the vibrant colours of acrylic paints, and sometimes combine them with acrylic inks and pen work on paper, board or canvas. A technique I find lends itself to some of my pictures. The balance between colour and line works well, and the line doesn’t overwhelm but adds another dimension.