I grew up in an artistic community, mother was an artist and art teacher and father was an architect. We lived in a large old Victorian house in Bromley where two floors were used for a drawing office, a large art studio, a pottery and a smaller studio, known as the Shortlands Studios.
My parents hosted pottery and painting classes for all, as a result, we joined in with all the other local children on Saturday mornings, for art classes. We had an artist in residence, Peter Midgley RCA, who had won a ‘Prix de Rome’ award. He was also a muralist, who in addition taught at Ravensbourne School of Art and Design. His studio was on the ground floor of our house alongside the pottery. A fascinating place to visit as children.
With all the ‘madness’ – comings and goings of artists, agents, students, galleries, etc, I went off to the City of London to earn an ‘honest’ living in finance and accountancy, and only returned to art in about 1995, specialising in watercolour. Following six years as secretary and three more as Chairman of our local Art Group, I was appointed Cultural Ambassador for the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate. Having added other mediums including Oils to my repertoire, I was invited to exhibit at the Fabriano Italy International watercolour event in 2018.
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