I have been an artist for over 30 years specialising in portraits and pastels. I also like to work in graphite and coloured pencil.
It all started many many years ago when I was asked to draw friends pets and family members. Initially it worked well as it was something I could fit in around my family and full time job plus I enjoyed it. Over the years this has proved to be good practise and now my children are grown and independant, I am able to focus more on my artwork. I have tried different media, taking a shine to graphite and coloured pencil but after "giving pastel a go", the love affair was born!
The discovery of textured papers was a revelation as was my first purchase of quality pastels with their intense pigments. Such a forgiving and versatile medium, the textured papers allowing the application of layers so I could build my work in stages.
With portraiture it's all in the eyes of course, get those right then everything else seems to follow.
I accept commissions so feel free to get in touch if you have something in mind. Additionally, should you see a piece on my website that you like then prints are often available.
I am available for opportunities with art societies and groups as a demonstrator or to hold pastel/portrait workshops.