A Self taught artist working in various mediums such as ‘Watercolours’, ‘Pen & Wash’, ‘Pastels’ and ‘Acrylics’, that started off as a hobby when joining adult education classes with my father when he retired, then later as a career change, when it developed into teaching adults to draw and paint.
I have a thoroughly enjoyable job teaching and assisting others to pursue a hobby / interest in art for both pleasure & relaxation or if required by the ‘learner’ to gain a qualification, such as City & Guilds levels 1 & 2.
I love the challenge of a complete beginner that tells me that they cannot draw and paint, and the pleasure that they get when they frame their first painting and the joy that brings to them.
I have worked hard to produce paintings worthy of selling, which initially was not easy, so I know just how nervous we all start out in our painting journey, the excitement you feel when you sell your first picture also your first commissioned painting for someone’s special present, that for me is still the same today.
Between 2003 and 2004 I completed my Teaching qualifications up to and including a Level 4 Certificate in Further Education stage 2, and started teaching in 2003 for local adult education centres in Saltash and the Liskeard area as well as several private classes.
I am currently teaching private classes in Liskeard, Looe, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Pensilva and Menheniot, plus one to one tuition sessions. I am also running Weekly Classes and Workshops for Cornwall Adult Education.
I have no one main subject that I work from but enjoy dabbling in all subject matters, allowing me to assist learners in their preferred subject area, but I particularly enjoy Pen & Wash and Water-Soluble pencils for Buildings or parts of, such as Doorways and Foliage, I like pure watercolour for most subjects, and pastels for Animal Portraits, Landscapes, Seascapes, Trees and Foliage plus Acrylics & Mixed Media in all subjects.
My teaching methods are structured and planned for each set of learners in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, eliminating any fears they may have.
Whatever your goal is, with good fortune and effort it can be achieved and never say that you can’t paint or think you should give up, because with the right help and determination I am sure your ability/ skill level will improve with time.
I am so fortunate to have been able to turn a hobby into a career and still enjoy it as if it was still a hobby; meeting and helping so many people enjoy and develop their skills and interest in painting which is very rewarding.