I am a woman artist from Yorkshire mainly painting portraits, landscapes and abstract compositions. My art degree was in Art for Community at Roehampton Institute (University of Surrey) graduating in 2000 at the age of 30! It took me a long time to get there. I am now 50 years of age and in my first year of an MA in Creative Practice up in Yorkshire. This MA is pushing me out if my comfort Zone which is exactly what I wanted and needed. I have a lot to learn.
I am concentrating on painting at the moment because it is something I never did at university and it is something I can do anywhere. I can just pick up some canvas, grab some paints and a paint brush and off I go. I could even manage without them. My background in Art for Community taught me that you can use anything to make art. So having expensive canvas’s and oil paints to hand and brushes is a real luxury that I am really enjoying.
To practice my technique I have begun by painting myself and others around me. It is not something that has come easy to me but I am enjoying the process .
I live being outdoors so the natural thing would be to paint the landscape around me. When I graduated from university I concentrated on Stained Glass for many years and that gave me experience in designing patterns and flat images. So painting landscapes for me could turn out quite flat with patterns dominating the image. I have however been practicing my technique regarding perspective.