I live near Rugby in Warwickshire, UK, and am pleased to share some information about myself.

I come from quite a creative family of artists, musicians and some who could write expressively, so the arts have permeated my life from the start. As a child I was always drawing. It was my main pastime, so it soon became obvious that I would go to Art College. I studied Illustration, Graphic Design and Art History and afterwards moved to Leicester to work as a Graphic and Display Designer.

Later, teaching art and design in secondary schools became my main occupation for 30 years, and I loved every tiring, wonderful moment of my teaching career, but as head of an Art, Design and Technology department, it left little time for developing my own artistic interests. My mother was a very accomplished portrait painter and I had inherited all of her art equipment, so after I retired I had the time, passion and energy to start the slow journey towards finding my own ‘artistic voice’.

My Cottage Studio in my garden is a haven for exploring and experimenting. But I also have the good fortune to work in a shared space with other artists at Grid Studios in Harborough Magna, Warwickshire. I belong to various other local art groups which provides the opportunity of participating in local exhibitions. The annual Warwickshire Open Studios is a highlight of our art year, and I am always delighted to exhibit with 16 other artists as part of 'Art in Dunchurch', in the beautiful garden at Inglenook. As a member of The Cold Wax Academy, an online academy based in the US, it is really exciting linking up with like-minded artists from all over the world, sharing ideas and working practices, and making paintings using this exciting medium.

My younger daughter, Sally Rhudy, is a successful abstract painter who now lives in Annapolis, Maryland in the USA. I have included her Website and Instagram on my ‘Links’ page.

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