How lucky am I? I get to earn my living by drawing, painting and making stuff – mostly a mess, as paint, turps and whatever comes to hand, fly everywhere in my eagerness to create.
I used to have a real job, a 25 year teaching career in Primary and Special schools, before I managed to escape my headteacher’s job in 2005. I then studied for my Fine Art Degree and I am now a working professional artist and co-proprietor of Atelier Arts in Clitheroe. I work extensively as artist in residence in schools, manage community arts projects and run classes and workshops for adults.
I work quickly and often frenetically, making drawings and paintings representing people and place. I love to explore colour and light and have become increasingly interested in capturing brief moments in a swiftly moving world through drawn line. I like my work to suggest movement and drama. My work is an eclectic mix of subjects, media and approaches – a constant exploration of drawing and painting.
I work with schools to develop individually designed creative programmes to meet their specific needs and requirements for art projects. This can be drawing, painting, print making, sculpture and textiles. Sessions always include guidance for teachers on taking the work forward after I leave, including tips and techniques for useful progression.
I also provide staff training sessions to help schools develop their Art curriculum or teachers improve their skills.
Much of my recent work has been painting murals in schools in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, working with children as artists and designers in many phases of the work.
More images can be seen at www.facebook.com/thekpgallery
Why not have a look at what I have to offer and get in touch if there is anything you want to discuss, from purchases to classes and commissions?