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Although I have tackled a variety of subjects in the past, my paintings currently are all still life paintings. With still life I can create my own subject in my studio and work from it for a sustained period of time. My choice of content varies but it is always guided by abstract qualities of colour and tone, form and line rather than by ‘meaning’ or ‘narrative’. Once I begin to study the group more deeply inevitably I discover many more rich and unexpected visual pleasures. To recreate these in on a canvas is both endlessly challenging and rewarding. During that process sometimes a narrative will develop for me from association with long treasured objects and fabrics; sometimes through chance juxtapositions. The ambiguity of my images allows other people to identify differently and perhaps find their own particular response. The painters I admire (among many others) are William Nicholson for the simplicity and directness of his content; Matisse for his joy in colour and shape; Cezanne for his powerful compositions and Manet and all his painterly predecessors for their sensuous handling of paint. I was born in Aberdare, South Wales in 1944. I trained for my degree in Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, in the 1960s. My career has been in teaching Art and History of Art in Lady Margaret School, Howardian High School and Coleg Glan Hafren, all in Cardiff. I now free lance as an Art History lecturer. I have given several series of lectures in St David’s Hall and have been invited as a guest lecturer to a variety of groups in Cardiff, the Vale and the Valleys. I also lecture on a permanent basis to two Cardiff U3A Art Appreciation Groups. For many years I designed the posters and programme covers as publicity artist for Cardiff Little Theatre. My paintings have been for sale in group exhibitions in London, Cardiff and West Wales and to date I have had three solo exhibitions: one in the New Theatre, Cardiff, one in the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay in 1914 and one, this year in the display Gallery of the National Quilt Centre of Wales in Lampeter.
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