My background is in teaching English in Secondary Schools. However, art has always played a part in my life. For many years it took the form of drawing, mainly in pencil and charcoal, then pastel. I enrolled in RMIT illustration (part time, after work) and painting was a small component of the course.
Later, I did many years of life drawing, culminating in joining and continuing a long association with, the life drawing classes with Yvonne Audette at Hawthorn Artist Society. I also was introduced to pastel painting which in turn led me to painting in acrylic and oil. Melbourne Studio School was where I started painting in earnest.
In developing my style and skills I find workshops very stimulating. I find that each workshop and each teacher is valuable to make you realise which road you want to develop further.
I am a fairly eclectic artist; I enjoy most genres, still life, landscape, portrait, but increasingly am drawn to contemporary art. Now, with the Covid pandemic, I am fortunate to be able to enjoy being an artist in my studio, painting without a reference. Abstract art is now my preferred genre.
Being an artist is not easy, but it is a very satisfying. In painting abstract works, there is no reference to judge the painting by, so you have to rely on you own judgement eg does the composition work, does it meet the requirements of abstract work, do the colours harmonise. And the most difficult, when is it finished.