I find painting and listening to soft music very calming. I suffer from Mental illness and creating Art helps me to relax. When I am painting my troubles seem to disappear. I have found that Art has helped me through my illness and recovery.
I tend to go through stages with my Art but I always come back to it. I have been painting since school where I also gained an Art O level. My Dad taught me about angles and perspective from an early age. I have completed courses in life drawing, pottery and silk painting. I like giving family and friends hand-made cards and paintings especially at Christmas.
My favourite mediums are watercolours, pastels, charcoal and ink. I find that watercolours flow and this is relaxing. I used to find it challenging but having painted with watercolours for many years I find it natural for me now. Charcoal is so versatile; I like to rub it with my fingers to create different tones of light and dark.
I paint things that make me happy. I like to draw from nature especially Horses, Swans and Birds. I like the challenge of capturing these magnificent animals on paper. I like to give my Artwork away for people to enjoy. Horses are my favourite animal. Each horse has a different personality; some are sensitive, some stubborn, some full of life.
I also love to paint flowers. Daffodils in the spring, Poppies in the summer, Autumn leaves in the autumn, Snowdrops in the Winter and Holly and Mistletoe at Christmas.
I like to draw cricket players from photographs in the newspaper. I like the creases in their clothes. The shadows and shading makes an interesting subject to draw from.
One day I would like to live near the sea to be able to paint harbours, the cliffs, the sea and the sky.