I’ve been drawing and playing with paint from as far back as I can remember and originally never planned an art career. So there was no art school, but rather I gained an Associate Diploma in Private Secretarial Practice and employment that led to roles working for Managing Directors and later as Secretary/Bursar in private schools, yet I always had a yearning to draw and paint.
I was introduced to oil painting during the summer holidays when she was twelve but it wasn’t until February1980, not long after I was married, that I seriously began to study art through classical tonal oil painting over four years. Ten years later I switched to pastels, primarily because I had young kids and pastels is a medium that I could easily stop and start, needing only to quickly wash my hands if I had to suddenly stop. Since then, I’ve also taught myself acrylics, and watercolour in the form of pen & wash, as well as playing around with charcoal, but now I paint about equally in oils and pastels. Each medium has its benefits, but pastels easily affords an artist an ease for varied application, simple correction, speed of application, intense vibrant colours and are such a joy to manipulate and play with. Unison pastels are a standout in their quality, reliability and ease of use, and have been my go to brand for the last 30 years.