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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 started to paint as soon as I could hold a brush. I have been a portrait painter for most of my life, but recently have branched out into other things, pastel in particular. I love to paint seascapes, animals and flowers. I have taught adults and gifted children painting & drawing. We have moved many times and have always exhibited in my local neighbourhood.
I have been a member of Cartmel Art Society for many years. I have found the appraisals and demonstrations very helpful. The society as a whole is extremely welcoming, in fact it's one of the friendliest societies I have ever been a member of.