Drawing and painting has been a source of great pleasure and satisfaction to me all my life. I studied art and education at Trent Park College, Cockfosters and later at Sutton Art College. I taught in local schools while continuing to paint, draw and experiment in different media. I now live in Surrey where I hold my own classes in watercolour, ink and mixed media.
I enjoy sketching and painting outdoors in a wide range of subjects including people, flowers, landscapes, townscapes and cityscapes (especially looking down from a high viewpoint) but all my work has a strong emphasis on drawing. I use my sketches and my own photographs for my studio work, often while listening to the radio. I am initially inspired by interesting shapes and tones but colour has recently played an increasingly important part in my landscape work.
I have been exhibiting my work locally for more than 20 years, then in London with the RI, SWA and this year with SGFA at the Mall Galleries, the RWS and SGFA at Bankside Gallery, the SBA at Westminster Gallery and also at the Barbican and Menier Gallery with the SGFA. as well as previously exhibiting regularly at Llewelyn Alexander Gallery, Waterloo. I have also exhibited regularly with Chelsea Art Society at the Old Town Hall.
I am a fully elected member of two professional art societies:
SWA The Society of Women Artists www.society-women-artists.org.uk
SGFA The Society of Graphic Fine Art www.sgfa.org.uk (Where I was a Council Member for 10 years)
RI - Royal institute of Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Galleries 20 - 29 May "Into the Light"
Chelsea Art Society at the Old Town Hall 14 - 21 June
SGFA - Society of Graphic Fine Art at the Mall Galleries 5 - 10 July "Westminster from the London Eye"
I have written and illustrated two books, 'DRAWING MASTERCLASS - FLOWERS', published in May 2012 by Search Press
and 'DRAWING MASTERCLASS - LANDSCAPES' published by Search Press in May 2014. Both books have now been translated into Spanish and French. These books are available on Amazon and sold in many countries including America, Australia, France and Spain. There is also a new book, "Drawing Trees and Flowers" by Margaret Eggleton and Denis John-Naylor
DEMONSTRATIONS, WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, TALKS AND CRITIQUES
I hold regular classes in Cheam, Surrey and demonstrate to art groups & societies as well as giving talks to social groups.
I have demonstrated for Search Press at PATCHINGS Art Festival and held workshops at DERWENT Pencil Museum in Keswick.
ART HOLIDAYS AND ART COURSES
I have tutored and led painting holidays in France, Algarve, Yorkshire Moors and Coast, Cumbria, Scotland and East Sussex.
This year I will be tutoring a course at Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria : PENCIL DRAWING : DYNAMIC LAKELAND SCENES, 30 May - 3 June 2021 using dry media of graphite, coloured and watercolour pencils.
Also at Higham Hall I will be tutoring INK AND WATERCOLOUR - LAKELAND LANDSCAPES 7 - 11 November 2021
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