Artist. I work as a freelance artist. I record the world around me in a sketchbook. Some things happen quickly, like a sun setting, a person running, then it's time to speed up, but its still possible to capture anything if you want to. My studio is full of sketches!
On a larger scale I explore colour more deeply with pastels - the colours are vivid and immediate and it's exciting to throw new contrasts into a picture plane. And when I draw I'm able to notice nature around me more clearly.
For many years I've worked as a teacher in schools, for English, Art, Dyslexia and SEN, alternating with periods as a freelance artist, freeholder, and story illustrator . However the interface of creativity and school became increasingly rather ragged - such pressure on outcomes and exams. I qualified as Wellbeing Practioner, using drama, theatre and music as well as art in my practice.
Ive been interested in and worked in the area of Dyslexia for a long time and am developing resources for this.
Welcome to the website. I'm an artist and qualified wellbeing practioner.
As a figurative artist I explore different media, drawing and painting. I don't use tech' much but that doesn't bother me. I feel a connection with the materials I use, water with water colour and acrylic, or oil, the brushes, the paper , canvas or the harder wall. It is exciting to get into that zone and the discipline of getting the materials to work for you. It has a historic context too, way back to cave paintings.
My outlets for art are
watercolour sketching and works on paper
pastel landscape and flowers
murals I prepare in a sketchbook before turning to the wall for focus on the new work. I work in a creative space that's on my own terms - without undue influence from advertisers or convention.
pastel landscape and flowers Pastels give me a chance to work fast, and expressively with colour.
watercolour sketching and works on paper I carry travel watercolours with me to record places and people.
portraits Portraits may be quick sketches or if a client wants an oil or acrylic portrait that will be a number of sessions in the studio or at their home.
illustration This gives me a chance to be inventive and use my imagination.
Pastel work 2023 Kenya
Karen Market, near Nairobi
Above: Recycling Artists' Workshop, with their inventive and skillful sculptures.
Left 'Maasai Lady' Saida Sanaipei has the best stall in Karen! The fabrics and colours are beautiful.
I was made welcome, given sweet coffee in both places. Africa what a privelege to work there.