Art is something I hankered after from school days onwards but somehow all the other business of earning a living,bringing up a family and helping my husband run his business got in the way.
We have always been a family who enjoy making things and I was really enthusiastic when Rick started to carve rocking horses. I had always encouraged our daughter Jo in her craftwork and taught her in her early years before she attended school to make presents and cards etc for family presents - something she is still doing successfully to this day.
During 1997 while we were at Exbury (Rick was demonstrating carving) I passed the time watching Colin Courtice painting in pastels and Daphne Ellman using Acrylics who were both demonstrating at this show. Through this encounter I persuaded Daphne to start an art class in New Milton and I attended her classes for about a year and I haven't stopped painting since then.
In 1998 we all took part in a charity craft show in memory of two friends. My family persuaded me to reproduce some of my work to sell as notelets and I have been selling them and raising money for local charities ever since. I started working in watercolours, then found pastels to be great fun but didn't like all the dust. At present I work mainly in acrylics and enjoy doing collage pictures.
Through the generosity of a friend I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity of trying pottery and thoroughly enjoy the experience. I just wish there were more hours in each day.