About me

I was born and brought up in West London where my artistic abilities were encouraged by my parents and school teachers. At the age of 15, my family emigrated to Western Australia. This new environment helped establish my love of colour and light. After 4 years, I returned to London completing university and starting a family. I earned a living in the car rental industry and painting became a recreational distraction to the stresses of working life.

Several years ago, I fell ill suddenly with encephalitis (an inflammation in the brain). I went from being a normal busy working mum to lying in intensive care unable to breathe for myself and with hardly any coordination. Since then, I have relearned how to breathe, talk, eat, write etc. The need to create has to continued to be the balm that soothes my frustrations as well as a way of improving my dexterity. In recent years, we moved to North Devon which is a part of the world that always felt like home. I feel inspired by its big skies and coastal waters.

Oil paint is the medium I love most. I find the smell of linseed oil has a calming effect. As the paint dries slowly, there is more time to manipulate it and so more scope to play with textures. I often use metal leaf and numerous layers of oil paint glazes to bounce light through the picture plane to create depth and luminosity. These are techniques that make the paintings interesting close up as well as from a distance; however it doesn't always come across in photographs.

Recently, I have started dabbling in watercolour inks and coloured pencils again. These mediums produce vibrant colours that are less rich but fresher and cleaner than oils. I am enjoying the contrast.

Most pictures are available to buy. Some are available in my shop which has the online gallery link below each artwork. Drop me a line via this email link or through the Contact Me section if you'd like any other information or have some feedback. Constructive comments are always most welcome!

Thanks,
Dawn x