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

Exhibitions

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