After working in publishing in London and Wiltshire in the 1980's, I chose to develop my own skills and passion for art.
As a mature student I studied at Shelley Park, Bournemouth (Foundation Art & Design) and Manchester Polytechnic (Three Dimensional Design Degree) Ceramics & Wood.
Whilst studying for a PGCE-post 16 teaching certificate I worked at Salisbury College tutoring classes for people with learning difficulties.
I have spent the last 20 years working in Community Learning teaching primarily for Dorset Adult Learning. I developed and taught "Around the World in Arty Days" Family Learning classes (for adults and children) in schools, libraries and leisure centres.
After this I taught independent classes in Watercolour, Printing and a series of art/craft workshops for adults in local village halls and may teach Watercolour and Printing classes again in the future.
Most of my recent work has been two dimensional. Recent displays included artwork using a variety of printing methods and combining these with printed letterpress text. Using letterpress is a new development presenting an interesting challenge both in terms of composition and overprinting to create depth and interaction.
Printing on other materials, using fabric or recycled wood is another area I am exploring.
The issues of climate change have provided content for some recent artwork and I have tried to reflect these concerns in a positive way in support of the alterations we need to make.
My artwork is displayed in frames outside the house that have become Shreen Water Gallery. This lockdown project was, and is currently, run independently and presents a unique set of physical, practical and IT challenges whilst offering an opportunity for people to view and be entertained by a changing series of displays in a free, outdoor socially distanced setting.