A bit about me
I have lived in Teesdale in Northern England for more than 20 years and has been painting for about 5 years. I had a passion for photography dancing and walking, but since developing a painful and restricting illness, I have successfully channelled these former loves into my art. An artist friend who ran classes locally (Geoff Hewitt) helped me enormously. Although art was a favourite subject at school, adult life took me on many swings and roundabouts before circumstances virtually forced me try painting again.
So, in later life here I am (a tad younger in the picture), a relative newcomer to the art world, but I must say I have been pleasantly surprised at the amount of interest in my work. I made the finals at a prestigious Northern England art competition with my picture ‘Safe Seat’ which also sold, and sales in local galleries is slowly transforming my cosy hobby into a slightly more serious concern…
In 2009 I was fortunate to have had a painting (‘Masterclass’ By Jane Stallwood) accepted into the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition. This led to BBC’s ‘One Show’ feature which inspired their own Summer Exhibition.
The ‘One Show’
I got a big surprise on Friday morning (29th July 2009) when Giles Brandreth of the BBC1’s’The One Show’ turned up with a film crew, an enormous bunch of red balloons and a red box containing a DVD of Prof. Maurice Cockerill of the Royal Academy of Art giving an appraisal of my painting ‘Master Class’ which has been accepted into the Summer Exhibition (along with David Hockney, Damien Hurst, Tracy Emmin etc.!!)
Apparently, likable Phil Tufnell’s ‘Union Jack’ painting hadn’t made the exhibition and the show wanted to feature someone who had been luckier (ME!). The painting sold on the first day so we are still trying to recover from all the excitement. Let’s hope Phil does better in ‘Strictly’!
Thank you Giles and the dear old One Show!
Click the media player (below) to start the (unedited) video featured on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ Friday 19th June 2009. This video was my ‘surprise present’
Thanks to The One Show, Giles and Prof. Cockrill of the Royal Academy.