I am a Leicester based artist and designer who works mainly in gouache, watercolour and inks on board and paper. I also use Brushes (an iPad application) to create and work with digital paintings and designs. I work to record events in my own life, for friends and for others who commission work. My work is based on realistic images, but colour, pattern and perspective are enhanced to record the personality of the special place, person or event.
I was inspired to paint by a very charismatic art teacher at secondary school where I did an A level in life drawing. I went on to study art and design as part of a teaching qualification. More recently I attained a certificate in Art History at the University of Leicester. I am largely self-taught and always have an art project in progress.
I teach art classes locally and give presentations to local community and art groups and to teachers and trainee teachers on creativity, painting and drawing. (See Painting Classes and Presentations)
Cover and article in Quorndon Village Life, Issue 91, Summer 2019
The Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall Open Exhibition 2021 July to September 2021
The Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall Colour in Life (Chris Mannion, Helen Newton and Marjorie Walter) April to June 2019
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery Judge Leicester Open 30 December 2019 to February 2020
National Trust Stoneywell, Leicestershire Creativity Exhibition November 2019
The Eye Gallery, Leicester Leicester Sketch Club Annual Exhibition October to December 2019
Leicester University Botanic Garden Open day and exhibition June 2019
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery Prize Winner Leicester Open 29 December 2018 to February 2019
The Eye Gallery, Leicester Leicester Sketch Club Annual Exhibition October to December 2018
Brighton Open Art House May 2018
Centro Cultural, Vila do Bispo, Algarve, Portugal Solo Exhibition October 2016