initially a pure accident that brought me to the
visual arts. A friend in Cyprus suggested I went
to a class making decorated boxes. Retired,
footloose and fancy free, I had nothing better
to do so off I went. The teacher, Judith
Constantinou, a well-known water colourist, also
ran painting classes. I enrolled and the rest,
as they say, is history. The lid to Pandoraís
art box had been opened and I revelled in it.
Since that moment in
2000, aided by several competent teachers, I
have journeyed into another world.
gave me invaluable guidance in the use of
watercolours, however, I felt I needed to
experience other mediums to broaden my creative
knowledge and choices. With this in mind I later
changed to art teacher Ellie Lestas who brought
me mainly into contact with pencil, crayon and
charcoal drawing. This built my confidence and
taught me important rules regarding perspective
and guidelines for transposing lifelike
impressions onto paper.
My subjects included
still life, representations of cloth and
drapery, portrait work and landscapes. Success
in portrait pieces made me realise I had a
talent for accurate observation, crucial when
strong love and affinity with animals then drew
me to specialise more on animal portraits.
Changing teachers again I had a brief encounter
with Lorraine Spiro, an art teacher who taught
me many basics regarding shape, form, shadows
etc. This was not to last however as she moved
artists use acrylic paints and I wondered if
they would become my favourite creative medium.
Under the guidance of Caroline Ludvic, my fourth
and last teacher, I began most of my more
serious animal portraits. Acrylics are a
powerful medium, giving dynamic results, but the
strong vibrant colours didnít always give me the
softer blended textures that I craved. Caroline
suggested I try pastels which would allow me to
explore their more delicate effects. I fell in
love with the coloured chalks, their blending
abilities and their capacity to give me both
strong colour and soft subtle tones. I use other
mediums where appropriate but my greatest love
has remained pastel work.