Thank you for visiting my website! This is my first post to the site and something I’ve wanted to do in a while. Ever since retiring as a Headteacher in 2010 I’ve rediscovered art and my creative side, something I’m very grateful for having back in my life. As a girl and a young woman art was incredibly important to me, a way of exploring the world and my creativity. However, as often is the case when life and your career gets more intense, my artistic side was marginalised as I devoted myself to raising my children and leading Firth Park Community Arts College as Headteacher for 15 years.
After a much needed rest (plus a few holidays…) following my retirement in 2010, I began painting and drawing again. Having not practised my skills for years, I felt that my arts skills needed refreshing and updating and so in 2011 I began attending local and regional courses in painting, drawing and textiles and indeed quilting – something I never dreamed I’d be doing but they do say we all turn into our parents so there you go! Indeed, the quilting was so enjoyable skill to develop and I’ve loved learning new skills in all areas of my art.
In 2013, my husband and I moved to Oughtibridge, a lively and lovely village to the north of Sheffield. I now have a lovely studio, in a building adjacent to our main cottage, a place of sanctuary for me – and I suspect Tony enjoys the peace whilst I am there too! The studio looks over a large pond, surrounded by trees and with resident ducks and a kingfisher. I get lots of creative ideas and solace from the pond and also the lovely hills and scenery from our local area.
Now I mostly work in acrylics and watercolour but have just completed my first oil painting in many years, based on the dramatic scenery whilst in Cornwall recently on a coastal walk. My artwork includes collage, printing and creative machine stitching using the recent acquisition of a Janome machine.
Quilt making is new to me and I find it compulsive and so creative. I have done lots of classes with Trish at the ‘Patchwork Garden’ in Sheffield and learned so much from these excellent workshops. I have, to date, made 6 full sized double/king size quilts and lots of baby quilts for grandchildren and those of friends – it is cold in Sheffield after all!
I continue to do some educational work as a consultant and enjoy this as education was my life for many years. But now my greatest passion and love is returning to my original roots and spending time being creative in my studio. In the last 3 years I have had my work exhibited at the ‘Great Sheffield Art Show’, ‘Art in the Gardens’ and a local design shop in Oughtibridge. I am thrilled to discover that others like my work – it’s nice to know you’re still capable of something once you retire – other than looking after my wonderful grandchildren!
I also take on commissions and offer Art lessons on an ad hoc basis for GCSE/A level art and to local friends who want to explore or update Art skills.
I hope you enjoy looking at my work and if interested speaking further about my art then I would love to hear from you.