Above: Chair and Sunflowers, Sightseeing in St. Peters, Village Street in Gujerat
1962 - 1966: Graduated with 1st class Honours in Interior Design from the Kingston College of Art.
1966 - 1975: Interior Designer in Local Government, Private Practice, THF Hotels, and head of Interior Design for Whitbread London.
Elected a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers.
Formed own Interior Design Company with her Husband, specializing in 5 star Hotels in the UK and overseas. Winners of 2 major Hotel Design competitions in 1976 and 1983.
She began life drawing and painting in her spare time in 1991, and following her first solo exhibition in 1997, she changed her career to paint full time. Her early collections featured the natural world in and around her home at that time on Dartmoor; flowers, hedgerows, and still lives.
Inspired by many years of travelling in Greece, she began a series of ‘Interiors’, together with paintings of local markets, old buildings, and Tavernas. Gradually people began to appear in the works, with the characters often becoming the primary source of interest.
In recent years, following travels further afield, most notably in India,her paintings have become predominantly figurative,sometimes within an architectural framework, as her fascination for old buildings and architectural detail remains. Portraiture too has become an important part of her work.
Her favourite medium is pastel, often with an underpainting of gouache, but she also works in oil, acrylic, or mixed media with collage. Drawing remains an essential part of her initial painting process, through many roughs in her favoured medium of charcoal. The book of her paintings of India is now in its second edition.
For 10 years she gave a variety of lectures and workshops together with courses in drawing and pastel painting.
She has exhibited widely in solo and joint exhibitions in the South West, London, and throughout the UK.
Awards include double prizewinner at the Pastel Society Mall Galleries exhibition in 2004, and SWAc prize winner in 2003, 2010, and 2015.
She was elected a member of the Pastel society in 2005 and the South West Academy in 2011.
Her studio at 24 Old manor Close, Holne Cross, Ashburton TQ13 7JF. tel 01364 652602 is open via appointment.
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