My painting philosophy is observation, experimentation, imagination and fun!


I love water colour for its beautiful determination to paint itself, and using it is like trying to tame a wild animal. I love colour for its ability to lift my spirits. I love drawing and painting for opening my eyes to what I see.



In my little painting classes I have the opportunity to share this enthusiasm. And if you join me I hope to help your practice.

Painting Classes: Beginners/Improvers


I teach water colour painting classes for beginners and improvers, in my house (maximum of four people) £15 for two hours. We paint a subject from a selection I provide (or you may bring) on the table, with peaceful music and tea provided. It is a settled environment in which to practice the skills of water colour and to experiment. I provide an introduction to the topic we are persuing, and can give advice on materials, mark-making, colour, tone, composition, perspective, using stop-out, candle wax, sprays, splatter, hoping to help with any problems, as required, and improve enjoyment!

                                          Enrol now for June 2019 onwards.

                   I arrange a weekly class in blocks of six weeks on Thursday afternoons.

                        Email or phone 01273 729204.



     Painting class in action. Music and tea, good company and peaceful surroundings.



                  Still life demo painted with my little class.



     Out in the fresh air. Hove Park Cafe sketchbook painting.


Previous Experience

I have taught a small watercolour class in my house most weeks since 2011.

I have exhibited in Fiveways Artists Open Houses in the 1990's, had exhibitions in Lancing Library, Michelham Priory, Oxmarket Centre (Chichester), been published in "An Introduction to Painting Flowers" by Elisabeth Harden (The Apple Press 1994 ISBN 1-85076-536-7) and cover/inside illustration for "Coffee Wisdom" by Theresa Cheung (Conari Press 2003 ISBN 1-57324-865-7). I have completed various private commissions, and paint regularly every week. I have Certificates in Art and Printmaking from the University of Brighton, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sussex.


I am also a freelance writer of book indexes since 1994.

(Advanced Member of the Society of Indexers; BSc(Hons) Biological Sciences)



               Plein air sketch in water colour in Wakehurst Place.


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