Music was my first career. I studied the oboe at the RNCM in Manchester and followed it with a career as a freelance oboist and teacher. When I retired from recital playing in 2005, my pianist (also now retired) Robin Hales and I moved to Church Stretton as we felt the scenery was so stunning and would inspire me with my art. It did! Three years of developing a style and selling work on the market stalls led on to exhibitions and forming a small group which we call Stretton Art Alive
This group finished and now too I retired from this second career in 2020.
I have been painting seriously since 2008 and base many of my pictures on the surrounding and varied Shropshire landscape. My interest is in design and in particular that of trees in the undulating hills and valleys. I use bold and vibrant colours within a limited palette combining abstract and natural forms to produce highly individual results. Exhibitions keep me busy regularly in Herefordshire and Shropshire. The first real success was at The Courtyard in Hereford in 2012 followed by an equally successful exhibition at Parkfields Gallery in Ross-on-Wye. “Iceland Seen and Unseen” exhibition was a three person show with Shannon Donovan and Andrew Eastwood after a visit to that amazing country.
Triptych compositions were a favourite format or large square canvases and several have been commissioned portraying local landscapes, the strong design and colour element adding impact whilst compatible with the immediate surrounding interior.
I have had series of paintings that interest me especially. They are Icelandic landscapes, Treescapes and of course my local area around Church Stretton. A Venice trip in early 2016 provided me a challenge for new paintings with lions too.
In Church Stretton - Barbara Picture Framing, has the last remnants of my work in the form of small paintings, prints, cushions, tablemats ,coasters, tote bags and mini easels. These will be for charity of Barbara's choice.