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I always wondered if I could paint in watercolour after having had no formal training. In 1994 I decided to attend a local authority night class. I came home with my first attempts at drawing and we all laughed. In 1996 I joined Cartmel Art Society, mainly because they wanted a Secretary. When the Exhibition was due one of the older members encouraged me to put a painting in for sale. When I went to show him what I had put in I nearly went through the roof - it had a red dot (sold!) To think someone parted with their hard earned money to buy something I had painted was elating. I have since been on many courses with Judith Milne, Helen Schofield, Eric Gleave, Louis Morton, Ann Blockley, Kate Bentley, and latterly Janette Phillips to mention but a few. I love our Art Society, we have many workshops and I have made so many friends of like minds.
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I retired to the Lake District five years ago after careers in scientific research and teaching. I had to make the choice between science and art in the early 60's and science won. I had always wanted to get involved in art again, so when Val Pattison, a new neighbour, presented me with 6 watercolours, a brush and an invitation to Witherslack Art Club, I was keen to give it a go!
A year later I joined Cartmel Art Society and sold two paintings at my first exhibition!!! I was hooked and really enjoy being part of this lively group. I try all types of medium and any subject, though I prefer watercolour and landscapes.