May 2022.
May 2022.
I was so honoured to be inducted into Guild's Hall of Fame.
I was so honoured to be inducted into Guild's Hall of Fame.
To read more, please visit my Facebook page.
To read more, please visit my Facebook page.
20th May 2022 (above):  Last weekend, Bob and I drove down to Stratford-Upon-Avon for the Fine Art Trade Guild Awards weekend. At the Awards dinner, I was both shocked and absolutely thrilled to be inducted into the Guild's Hall of Fame.
I retired from the Fine Art Committee last Autumn after ten years, five of which were as Chair of the committee and also as a Director of the Guild (2012-2017). I also worked as the North West Branch Master for three years. Happy times...but we want to spend more time travelling now! I shall forever be amazed and delighted at having received this Award from the Guild....it is such an honour. Thank you to the Guild!
It has been truly wonderful to work alongside so many talented, friendly, generous and fun people in this industry.
Centre below; being given the Award by Jo Palmer, Master of the Guild.
April/May 2022. Bob & I on a cruise to the Azores & Iceland.
April/May 2022. Bob & I on a cruise to the Azores & Iceland.
MV Borealis, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.
MV Borealis, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.
Exhibition after two weeks of art workshops.
Exhibition after two weeks of art workshops.
Thanks to Orca for teaching the art group all about whales and dolphins!
Thanks to Orca for teaching the art group all about whales and dolphins!
Drawing nature.  Iceland.
Drawing nature. Iceland.
11th May 2022 (above): Back home from an amazing cruise to the Azores and Iceland on Borealis with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines; teaching art workshops and whale watching with ORCA on board! The ORCA team kindly supplied the artists in the art workshops with photos (to use as reference) from sightings on their trips, including on this cruise. They also came along to the workshops to see the artwork in progress and talk to us all about whales and dolphins. On the last full day at sea we held an art exhibition that showcased the incredible art that had been produced during our cruise. It was a fun art journey for all!
Thanks to ORCA for sharing their expert knowledge with us all.

27th January 2022 (above): A Facebook post.

August 2021 (above): a Facebook post on my page.

HF Holidays, Derbyshire.
HF Holidays, Derbyshire.
Arriving in the snow, March 2020.
Arriving in the snow, March 2020.
March 2020 (above):  Arriving in the snow, I love teaching at HF Holidays, Peveril of the Peak.  Beautiful countryside, superb classroom and facilities and fun guests who were keen to learn and created wonderful artwork!
#artistinresidence  #teachingart
Wonderful art sculpture by the chef.
Wonderful art sculpture by the chef.
Art Demos are always popular!
Art Demos are always popular!
End of cruise exhibition by guests attending the art workshops.  Lots of fjords and glaciers on show!
End of cruise exhibition by guests attending the art workshops. Lots of fjords and glaciers on show!
2019 (above): 'The Fjords of Greenland' cruise.  An amazing experience and a lot of fun!
#cruiseshipartinstructor  #fred.olsencruiselines
2018 (left): nice to get a mention in an article by travel journalist Marion Ainge about a wonderful cruise to Monaco that I taught art workshops on!
#cruiseshipartist   #fredolsencruiselines
Teaching Gilly to draw and paint!
Teaching Gilly to draw and paint!
On an outside broadcast with Gilly and Presenter Albia Begum.
On an outside broadcast with Gilly and Presenter Albia Begum.
My portrait of BBC presenter Albia Begum!
My portrait of BBC presenter Albia Begum!
Talking about art materials and techniques with presenters Gilly and Albia Begum.
Talking about art materials and techniques with presenters Gilly and Albia Begum.
2018 (above): It was lovely to spend time during the year as Artist in Residence on the Afternoon Show with Gilly (Presenter John Gillmore, at BBC Radio Lancashire.  I taught art, live on art and on outside broadcasts with Gilly and fellow present Albia Begum, who I also drew a charcoal portrait of!  Fun times and I hope we inspired visitors and listeners to be creative!
#artistinresidence
2018 (above): I was invited as Artist in Residence at Derwent's "magical" Pencil Museum to teach animal art from life, with our beautiful little model Dolly!  I love teaching at the Pencil Museum, using favourite art materials and meeting visitors who come from all over the world!  A truly amazing experience!
 #artistinresidence  #drawinganimalsfromlife
Teaching an animal art workshop.
Teaching an animal art workshop.
The beautiful surroundings of the Pencil Museum.
The beautiful surroundings of the Pencil Museum.
Being greeted by Dawn, the wonderful Pencil Museum Manager.
Being greeted by Dawn, the wonderful Pencil Museum Manager.
Drawing animals from life.
Drawing animals from life.
2017 (above): I returned as Artist in Residence at Derwent's "magical" Pencil Museum to teach animal art, from life!  Such a beautiful part of the world to teach art in!
 #artistinresidence
Nearly there!
Nearly there!
Nature in Art, Gloucestershire.
Nature in Art, Gloucestershire.
In the studio, with Simon Trapnell, Director NIA.
In the studio, with Simon Trapnell, Director NIA.
October 2015 (above): a return visit to the amazing Nature in Art in Gloucestershire.
Taking to the many visitors who come to the studio every day and enjoy giving art demonstrations.
Teaching an art workshop on board.
Teaching an art workshop on board.
Sketching at Gjesvaerstappen Nature Reserve, Norway.
Sketching at Gjesvaerstappen Nature Reserve, Norway.
2015 (above); Teaching onboard Boudicca on 'Cruising the Arctic Circle' with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.  
#norway   #cruiseshipartinstructor  #artcruises
2015 (above):  Returning the Pencil Museum to teach!

2015 (above): I was thrilled to be filmed by Jacksons Art Supplies at their London studios, to demonstrate their watercolour paints on video.  I was keen to show how to work from only a few references, mostly relying on memory and imagination!  A lovely few days spent chatting about art!  Thank you Jacksons!
#artdemonstrator  #jacksonsartsupplies
May 2014 (above): I love spending time at Nature in Art in Gloucestershire, demonstrating and talking to the many visitors who pop in to the studio.  Beautiful venue with wonderful wildlife art in the permanent collections.
#artistinresidence  #natureinart
March 2014 (above): portrait in graphite pencil and charcoal on Bristol Board of David Wareing, Senior Partner, Hill Dickinson LLP who very kindly volunteered to sit for two portrait sittings for the 'Live.Art.Liverpool' charity auction.  The portrait was auctioned with all proceeds going to The Prince's Trust.  The Mayor of Liverpool opened the charity auction, held at the end of a successful two week art exhibition of donated artwork.  Thank you to the Live.Art.Liverpool team from Hill Dickinson LLP for inviting me take part.
#portraitartist  #artdemonstrator  #derwentpencils
2014 (above): I love teaching at the Magical Pencil Museum, at Keswick in the Lake District here in the UK.  Teaching art workshops and doing art demonstrations, meeting visitors from all over the world. 
2013 (above): I was honoured to be asked by BBC Radio Merseyside and The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre to manage a project which included my teaching art workshops and then using the artwork, to design a wall frieze for the UK's first mobile treatment centre.  The project lasted a few months and it was lovely to teach and support the workshop attendees, who produced wonderful artwork of Liverpool and surrounding areas.  When we all reunited for the official opening of the mobile unit, I was stunned and honoured to find a plaque detailing my involvement in the project.  This was a project that meant a lot to me, partly because my late father was born in Liverpool.  Although we travelled abroad during my upbringing, it always touches my heart to visit this wonderful city.
#artistinresidence
2013 (above): I was thrilled to give a talk on art and business to guests attending a Making Pictures event in Manchester, on behalf of the Fine Art Trade Guild.
2013 (above): always lovely to get a mention by Canada based 'Artists for Conservation'.'
'The World's Leading Artist Group Supporting the Environment.'
2013 (above): What fun to spend days teaching and demonstrating art materials and techniques for Derwent at Patchings Art Festival in 2013!
July 2012 (above): A lovely day teaching for Leisure painter and the Artist magazines at Ribby Hall, Lancashire.  
Exhibiting my artwork at the Fine Art Trade Guild Awards weekend.
Exhibiting my artwork at the Fine Art Trade Guild Awards weekend.
Exhibiting my artwork, London,
Exhibiting my artwork, London,
May 2012 (above): Fine Art Trade Guild Awards Weekend in London.
Honoured to exhibit my artwork.
2012 (above):  It was a honour to be Invited by the Fine Art Trade Guild to give a talk on art/ art business at the Spring Fair International, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.  A fun day out!
July 2012.
July 2012.
Presenter Billy Butler at BBC Radio Merseyside.
Presenter Billy Butler at BBC Radio Merseyside.
Running an art workshops on portraiture.
Running an art workshops on portraiture.
Selection of portraits (I am holding another artists work for her).
Selection of portraits (I am holding another artists work for her).
BBC Radio Presenter Billy Butler.
BBC Radio Presenter Billy Butler.
2011/2012: I was invited to teach a series of art workshops on portraiture at BBC Radio Merseyside.  Our model?  BBC Presenter Billy Butler, dressed up to celebrate the Summer Olympics!
#artistinresidence  #portraitworkshops
Exhibiting at the Animal Art Fair, Fulham Palace, London.
Exhibiting at the Animal Art Fair, Fulham Palace, London.
October 2011 (above):  I was thrilled to be invited to teach a BBC Masterclass on portraiture at BBC Radio Lancashire, in front of an invited audience.  It is always lovely to be interviewed by 'Gilly', presenter John Gillmore who makes it easy...or as easy at it can be!  Thanks Gilly and thank you to BBC Radio Lancashire.
#bbcmasterclass   #portraitart
With BBC Presenter John Gilmore 'Gilly'..
With BBC Presenter John Gilmore 'Gilly'..
With BBC Presenter Talat-Farooq Awan.
With BBC Presenter Talat-Farooq Awan.
2011 (above): Lovely to regularly pop in to BBC Radio Lancashire, as Artist in Residence, on the Afternoon Show with Presenter John 'Gilly' Gillmore, I taught art workshops, was interviewed live on air and met guests and visitors.  BBC presenter Talat-Farooq Awan (BBC Radio Manchester) came along to join in the portraiture classes!
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust kindly supplied photos of the orphaned elephants for us all to draw from in the animal art workshops.  #artistinresidence  #portraitworkshops

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