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 and teaching Pottery for All evening Classes. A brief teaching placement as a college lecturer in Art & Design was followed by 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. This enabled children and parents to explore a variety of materials and express their own individuality through a series of tasks. I then 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.
Whilst I was teaching most of my own artwork was two dimensional. However, my first solo exhibition, A Sense of Place at Shaftesbury Arts Centre 2017 included some brooches in pewter and small pieces in clay. The success of this exhibition and the interests of my watercolour students led to a group Watercolour Club Exhibition at the Bowridge Gallery in 2018. My second solo show at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Coastline, was a mixed media show with acrylic canvases, watercolours, linocuts, etchings, a collograph and many more ceramic pieces. Pewter and digitally printed fabric were also part of the show with a series of bowls displayed in and on carved wooden forms.
As the world changed in 2020 and a teaching assignment with Artslink came to an abrupt end due to the first Covid lockdown. I began to look for other ways to promote my work. The website took various forms during this period and then changed to Shreen Water Gallery when I made a series of cabinets and frames in which to present my artwork free to the public who walked around the boundary of my house. The website has been essential in promoting the 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.
The current display Flourish, will include ceramics, combined ceramic and wood pieces and cards. All items are for sale through the website or by making a purchase appointment.