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


My advice is: Practise. Make plans to practice. Explore subjects, media, other artists. Engage with what you like. Try to understand new things. Be brave, it is an image and you can tear it up. But just keep going till you are proud.


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


         Classes suspended until the Covid-19 emergency is over. Please contact me for details.

             Water Colour Practice Sessions. Tea and Mozart included. Advice if requested.

                   Room for 3 or 4 people. Bring your own materials. Contact me if you would like advice about materials.

                        Email to contact me, please.



     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.


Winner of Caran D'Ache Award

The Artist and Leisure Painter Patchings Exhibition 2020


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)


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