I started my artistic activities many years ago, concentrating on textiles, felt making and embroidery techniques. I took a year long Textile course with the Open College of the Arts which helped me develop my love of colour and pattern. It also gave me an opportunity to work with silk and vibrant stitching. Eight years ago, when retiring from full time work, I started to learn to paint. Initially concentrating on watercolours, and still use this for sketch book projects. I followed this with pastel work and then finally discovered oils! Doorways and sea scenes are two of my favourite things, oils are my preferred medium.