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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 have drawn and painted all my life. In the mid-1960s I studied at Chelsea School of Art but then my life took a different tack and I became a primary school teacher. I continued to paint though and began to establish myself and sell my work.
Another change in direction in 1985 took me to Ambleside where I lived for thirty years, working at the Wordsworth Trust at Dove Cottage in Grasmere. I compiled and illustrated a book of Wordsworth’s poems called The Golden Store, which is aimed at the first-time reader. Published by the Wordsworth Trust, this has remained consistently among their best-selling items since 2004 and I’m very proud of it!
Now living in Grange-over-Sands I was introduced to Cartmel Art Society in 2017 by a neighbour, Irene Wild. The varied workshops and friendly support of the members gave me a real boost. I enjoy watercolours but oil is my favourite medium - I love the tactile qualities of using a palette knife! I particularly enjoy painting landscapes, trying to capture a sense of permanence and solidity in the natural world.