I have lived in Knebworth for 38 years and a previous 3 years in Welwyn. My family has virtually no artistic background although I did have a great uncle who was a sign painter and an uncle who was a draughtsman. You could say I was more artistic at school than academic (a fact that my husband would definitely agree with when it comes to anything mechanical or scientific in the house).
I first started ‘dabbling’ with painting when taking my elderly parents on holiday – I’d take some paints along and make my own cards. On retirement I fancied the idea of learning more and started classes from which I have learned a tremendous amount. I still have much to learn and so enjoy experimenting with different subjects and effects.
Watercolour is a demanding and fascinating medium and for a change I have started playing with pastels. I now attend Insight School of Art for pastel workshops from time to time and had a real learning curve when taking a week’s course at Dedham Hall under the tutorship of David Knapp.
Art, I find, is a world of wonder, frustration sometimes and, above all, pleasure.