We can all draw.
When we’re young it comes naturally.
But for so many people that budding skill gets buried in the conformity of schooling – where you’re told you mustn’t make mistakes or you’ll fail.
With me, there are no mistakes – but there can be happy accidents.
As adults our perspective can become jaded as we get on with living. We don’t have, or make, the time to see things afresh.
It took a major heart operation in 2017 to jolt me back into the exhilarating way of seeing the world that is the gift of the artist.
As I started short, exhausting, essential recovery walks, I was inspired to draw again.
In the back lanes and footpaths of the Southern Pennines, there was always a shaft of light, a newly seen texture, an unexpected path, a hill crested, the ever-changing seasons to capture my attention and invigorate my creativity.
I started seeing the world through young eyes again.
It’s thrilling, liberating. I get energy from the excitement of creating art.
I want to help you see again through your young eyes – without you having to go through the trauma of a quadruple heart by-pass. Let me help you find your way to express what you see and feel – without anyone telling you off for making mistakes or undermining your confidence with unhelpful comments.
Watch my demonstrations to understand what inspires me and how I respond as an artist.
Join one of my workshops to give yourself the permission, the skill, the joy of discovering the artistic expression within you.
My videos will show you how I work – from rough sketches using sharpened matchsticks and lollipop sticks dipped in Indian ink when I’m out and about – to the finished work in watercolour, acrylic or mixed media.
If I inspire you to create your own art, then my work is done.
I will be updating this page with further information when the COVID-19 situation allows.