From a very early age I was passionate about art. Demanding red paint, paper and brush at the age of three is one of my first memories. Having been taken to the Ritz Cinema I wanted to paint Pinocchio, and the desire to create in two or three dimensions has never left me. My ambition was to be an art teacher or dress designer. I beavered away designing paper clothes for my home-made paper dolls, which developed into designing and creating my own clothes as a teenager. I loved to watch my father paint meticulously beautiful marine paintings, and my uncle, a stain glass artist, paint the head of Christ as part of a beautiful church window.
Stranmillis Teacher Training College 1955-1958 provided me with a very stimulating environment through a plethora of materials, techniques and challenges led by tutors such as Desmond Turner and R. Croft. My opted extra subject was ceramics. I became a teacher specializing in Special Needs and I also enjoyed teaching art. I attended evening art and ceramics classes at the College of Art, Belfast, where I was privileged and inspired by tutors such as John Luke. In 1989, I returned to college again and completed an Art Co-ordinator course.
On retirement from school teaching, I ran Summer Schools in my studio cottage in Fermanagh and staged solo exhibitions locally and province-wide. I love painting in all mediums, my passion being botanical art in watercolour from life. My exploits include Tiffany glass, Paverpol modelling, batik, silk painting and jewellery. . I will never stagnate! My desire to grow and develop my creativity is paramount.
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