Me, my Muse and Inspiration...
I studied illustration & design in Leeds many years ago. I've designed and illustrated my way around the UK producing everything from corporate logos to jigsaws for the Early Learning Centre. But I am from Newcastle, in the north east and Geordies nearly always return home!
I started using watercolours early in my career and this incredible, versatile medium is still my medium of choice. Having tried the traditional approach to watercolour using carefully planned layers, I now like to mix things up a bit - letting the watercolour wend its own path across the paper, using a bit of ink, salt or pastel here and there.
I qualified to teach in later years and have taught this more experimental approach to watercolour in adult education on and off. I believe everyone can be creative and using the right technique can produce something beautiful.
I now work from my studio at home in Cullercoats, right next to the sea. I can step out of my front door to walk on the beach only two minutes away. I take longer walks in our fabulous Northumbrian countryside on a regular basis - collecting reference material for my next watercolour landmark painting, using sketches, photography and of course, impressions, and memories. All of course inspired by my muse - Alfie...