I attended the Wellington School of Design, which taught
the importance of developing strong drawing and design skills, and I graduated in 1971.
I worked in the advertising industry, and eventually specialised in fashion drawing.
I was introduced to pastels and my love of drawing meant they were a natural choice for my artwork, Pastels gave me immediate feedback and a direct connection between the pigment and paper, and I could use them as both a drawing and painting medium.
I was also attracted to the unlimited palette of rich colours
of pastels, and I particularly enjoy capturing the lights and
the darks of my subjects.
I work in a realistic style, focusing mainly on landscapes,
still life, florals and portraits.
I teach pastel classes at the Mairangi Arts Centre and Uxbridge Arts Centre, and I really enjoy seeing students develop and gain confidence, and discover the joys of using the pastel medium.
I am the Auckland representative of PANZ,
the Pastel Artists of New Zealand.