As far back as I can remember I have enjoyed painting and I suppose it was
inevitable that one day, circumstances permitting, I would spend the majority of
my time painting. When I am not painting, I am teaching and run classes from my
home for both adults and children.
When I first started painting I spent many years using watercolour, not
realising what a difficult medium it was to control. Eventually, I tried acrylic
paint and finally oils. I do not have a favourite medium, as each type of paint
lends itself to different subjects. I also work in mixed media, which is a
combination of acrylic, texture pastes, collage etc.
As can be seen from my page on artgallery.co.uk the content of my paintings
vary from bright coloured poppies and sunflowers, to landscapes, conventional
still life and a myriad of abstract and semi-abstract paintings.
I have been a professional artist for over 8 years. When does an artist become
a `professional artist`?, you may well ask! They say, an artist becomes
professional when he or she can live on their earnings! Well, not very many of
us are in that position today. My interpretation of a `professional artist`, is
that an artist becomes a professional one when a gallery owner considers the
artist`s work good enough to display to the public and the proof of the pudding
is when people buy our paintings.
My ideas and inspirations come from my trips to Europe. My trips abroad are
unfortunately not long enough to enable me to sit and paint, but I am able to
take numerous photographs and sometimes manage to get in a few sketches. When I
return home, I am then able to paint from the information I have collected.
I particularly enjoy painting large flowers, most of which are grown in my
garden, so my material is near at hand. The vibrant colours of the poppy and the
wonderful shapes of the petals inspire me to paint them. The bright cheerful
yellow of the sunflower will cheer anyone on a grey winter`s day.
Over the years my work has changed. I did not always paint in bright colours,
but I was encouraged by a gallery owner to change my palette to brighten up
peoples` lives and since then I have continued in that way. However, I also
enjoy creating abstract paintings, using different combinations of colours to
hopefully produce paintings which will interest and please the viewer.
Thanks to artgallery.co.uk I have received quite a lot of publicity. I joined
this site in July 2006 and after the first day of displaying my work I had my
first sale. Since that time I have sold 4 more paintings. It is an excellent
site, allowing the prospective customer to view the paintings in many different
aspects; it is also very easy to navigate and I find it very easy to manage my
paintings on-line. There is excellent advice and help provided by the people who
run this site and I consider myself fortunate to have been chosen to exhibit my
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