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 using gouache colour thickly to paint en Plein air.


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


         Enrol now for four Thursday afternoons: 2pm - 4pm: 12th, 26th September, 3rd,17th October.

Subject will be flowers, and I will provide demonstration photos from my painting of the subject on that morning, so that you can see how I have approached it.

                   Room for four people. Bring paper, paint and brushes.

                        Email or phone 01273 729204; mob: 07767496957



     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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