I can first remember painting Mickey Mouse and hearing the words “that’s good, Anne” from my mum. After that I drew incessantly and taught myself to draw by copying Disney characters. My dad’s art shop in Lancashire was an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ with all sorts of treasures and I regarded myself as an ‘artist’, signing and dating my drawings in sketchbooks.
After graduating in Fine Art at the University of Reading in 1984, I pursued a career in Education, but as I was always torn between the visual and performing arts I then completed an MEd in Creative Arts at the University of Exeter and eventually taught music in primary education. Retirement from my last post as music teacher in an International school has enabled me to focus fully on painting again.
Over the years my work has been exhibited, commissioned and bought by collectors in the UK and USA. My work has been featured in “House and Garden” and this year I have exhibited at:
- The Chapel, St John’s School
- The Gallery, Denbies Vineyard
- Winter Show, Adam’s Gallery, Reigate
- AppArt, Godalming
- Art in the Vineyard, High Clandon Vineyard
- ‘Nature’ Virtual Exhibition, Tebbs Gallery
I have participated in Surrey Artists’ Open Studios since 2020 and my work can be on the Surrey Artists website.
Recent commissions include the Cornish coastal path and Place Farm at West Horsley Place.