Being self-taught initially, to draw faces and people from living in the late 80's, I took my skills into the marketplace drawing faces on the spot. Following this up with life drawing classes while at Nelson Polytechnic, led me to later create a series of nudes, many in pastel. My interest in Portraiture and the Figure continues, and I enjoy working both from life and as an expression of my creative journey. I also teach others to draw and paint the Portrait and take commissions.
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Nature provides a wealth of inspiration; and as both a beach and nature comber, I have been drawn to sketch and paint the things I see (or see in them) and find. Shells, cave interiors, rocks and rock formations, stones, driftwood, bark and pods all have featured in my artworks; a small selection of which are displayed below. Sometimes I work directly from life, seeking to reproduce what Nature has created; at other times it is my imagination that is ignited....and I see where it takes me.