2019 Scarborough Art Gallery - Open Exhibition
2019 Design chosen for the 'Castle Writers' anthology publication
2018 Lockton Artists Exhibition and Open Studios
2018 Demonstration for Driffield Art Club
2018 St leonard's Hospice Sunflower Art Exhibition - York
2018 Lockton Artist's Open Studios and Exhibition
2018 Rotary Art Exhibition - Pickering
2018 Staithes Arts and Heritage Festival - Joint exhibtion
2016 Vale of Pickering Art Club Annual Exhibition
2016 Lockton Tearooms and Gallery
2015 Whitby Art Society Annual Exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery
2015 Lockton Tearooms and Gallery
2015 'Ballot Box' exhibition Ryedale Folk Museum
2014 Vale of Pickering Art Club Annual Exhibition
2014 Lockton Tearooms and Gallery
Prior to 2009
I retired from a full-time teaching in 2005 and embarked on a new career as an artist. My teaching career spanned three decades and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the experience of working in four different counties (Suffolk, Kent, Derbyshire and North Yorkshire). My final twenty years were as the Headteacher of a large Primary School & I have had the valuable experience over my career of working with children aged 4½ to 16 years.
I began drawing and painting as a very young child and this has continued throughout my life. In 1965, at the age of 15, I won an award in the ‘Castrol National Art Competition’. It was also the same year that I sold my first painting. My GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels included both Art and the History of Art. I attended evening 'Life Drawing' classes at Ipswich Art School. Choosing my career after sixth form proved extremely difficult. At that stage I was representing my County in two sports and my career teachers persuasively recommended a sporting direction instead of registering for an art foundation course and a career as an artist. I have mixed feelings about that guidance now. I gained my B.Ed (Hons) at Loughborough College and my MA at Teesside University.
Art and pottery have been essential elements throughout my life and a strong feature of my teaching and extra-curricular activities. For community & school events I designed and produced posters, programmes, tickets, certificates and painted scenery for stage productions. I have also completed two sign writing commissions for shop fronts, along with associated business cards, one in Derbyshire and one in Yorkshire.
I set up and ran a small studio pottery for many years in Furness Vale Derbyshire and I have taught pottery to primary school children for over twenty years.