As a small child I was drawn to beautiful colours and patterns. My father could draw very well and we had a talented designer on my mother’s side. My father also had a love of the countryside and would regularly take my brother and I out for days in the North Essex and Suffolk countryside.
I loved to draw and paint and my history and biology school books were filled with drawings!
I went into a career in finance but never lost my love of the arts and regularly visited galleries or exhibitions, browsing art books, sketching and painting when time allowed.
I was fortunate to be able to take up art as a profession fifteen years ago. From that moment my life has been a joy to wake up to each day. I would advise anybody who has a passion for art, music or whatever to ensure they fulfil this need in some small way each day.
One of my first paintings “Persian Cat”:
Very recently, the artistic opportunities, have extended in my life which shows that you never know what is around the corner! I was fortunate to meet a fellow lover of art, Giuseppe D’Anna, who happened to be one of my neighbours. Together, in October 2013, we formed CO3 Art Gallery in Colchester which is already expanding with additional premises in April 2014. We have also started art workshops including life drawing classes which take place every other week in our new workshop buildings. We were recently at the Dorchester Hotel promoting our portrait artists.
My love of art has little to do with making money. Indeed I have no idea how successful the business will be in the long term. What is important is sharing my love of art with others. I have known the loneliness an artist often experiences when working on a solitary basis in a studio. It is vital that they have connections with other artists and people willing and able to promote their art for them. We seek out the huge combined talent that exists in Colchester and beyond in order to show this work to an audience who will both appreciate and nurture it. The funds we have made so far have been put back into the business to further promote this overriding aim. I have met the most amazing people with a genuine love of art and a kind spirit. Christine is helping us with the business side and has given us so much valuable advice. Without this kind of help the venture would not be so successful.
Again, this would not have been possible without the love and support of my family and my husband, Richard. I will be happy to continue to share my journey with you.
“Snow in the Mountains” Latest acrylic painting February 2014: