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BA (Hons) Fine Art, studying at The University of Creative Arts

I trained as a teacher in the seventies, and I have taught all age ranges in arts and crafts at many Hertfordshire schools. In 1989 I became a special needs teacher and it was in special education that I was introduced to Art Therapy. My art journey started by attending The University of Hertfordshire Art Therapy Foundation Course. In 1995 I opened my own art studio, which I called Dragon Art, and I offered many courses in drawing and painting. For many years I was a tutor at Oaklands College teaching watercolour painting. In 2009 I was invited to teach on the Community Art Classes at Sandringham School, St Albans for adults, offering watercolour painting, drawing for beginners, experimental mixed media art, acrylic painting and chinese brush painting.

I have gained additional qualifications and experience in;
Chinese Brush Painting
Book Making
City and Guilds Black and White Photography 1998-1999
Clay Heads Ceramic Course, 1998
City and Guilds Life Drawing, 2000
Oaklands College, Access to Art and Design Course, 2000 to 2001
Traditional Printmaking Techniques at The University of Hertfordshire, 2012,2013,2014,2015 working with printmaking artists, Lisa Hall and Carry Ackroyd
Oaklands College,Print Making, June/July 2018
In 2019 I attended Newlyn School of Art, Cornwall, drawing and painting Cornish seascapes and landscapes. Working with landscape artists Anita Reynolds, Imogen Bone and Jack Davis
Jewellery Making Course, University of Hertfordshire 2019
Find Your Joy 2020 Art Course with Louise Fletcher
St Ives School of Painting 20th and 27th August. Abstraction with artist Liz Hough.

My work has been shown at;
The Margaret Harvey Gallery, St Albans 2001
Hemel Hempstead Old Town Hall 2000
Maynard Gallery, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City 1999, 2015, 2018
Dragon Art Studio, St Albans 1995 to 2009
Island of Art Website
Paintings I Love, 2000
Graphic Plus, St Albans. 2009
Rose & Dylan Gift Shop, St Albans
St Paul's Church Christmas Crafts 2010
Hatfield House, Living Crafts 2011
Verulam School Arts Craft Fair Dec 2011,2013
Brewsters Cafe, Mittagong, Australia 2012
Museum of St Albans, 2012
School of Creative Arts Exhibition, My Print Work at The University of Hertfordshire June 2012,2013 and 2014
The Society for All Artists 2012,2013,2014,2015
Herts Visual Arts Forum 1999 to 2018
Open Studios 1998, 2001,2002,2004,2015,2018
Seahorse Cottage Cromer 2011-2019
Coconut Cafe, Lowestoft 2014/15
Archived Websites below:-
St Albans Clock Tower, Alban Weekend Event, 2015
Stevenage Museum, New Town Talking Project, 2015
Stevenage Museum Art Prize, New Town Project, 2015
Stevenage Museum Leaflet 2015
Stevenage New Town 70th Anniversary Website 2016
Stevenage Market, Frames A Plenty Stall 2015, 2016,2017,2018,2019
The Lodge Surgery St Albans 2016

Art-of-Norwich, 'Where the Art is', St Margarets Church Norwich 18th Sept to 1st October 2016
Art-of-Norwich December 2016
Art-of-Norwich February 2017 
Art-of-Norwich July 2017
Art-of-Norwich September 2017
Art-of-Norwich December 2017
Art-of-Norwich July 2018
Art-of-Norwich April 2019

New Maynard Gallery WGC April to June 2018
HVAF Open Studios Sept 2018
The New Museum of St Albans, St Albans Museums, 29th September 2018
Stevenage Lego Mosaic April 13th 2019 and May 31st 2019
St Albans Art Society Summer Exhibition 2019, Commended painting of St Albans Abbey
Recently shortlisted for the Ken Bromley Art Supplies Cover 2019 

Herts Visual Arts 2020. Virtual Open Studios. September 2020