At this time of year my thoughts are preoccupied with the fact that summer is on it's way and with it - my roses will be in bloom. To tide me over until that time, I try to paint as many roses and flowers as I can!
I painted these tissue boxes in 2005 and sold them on eBay to ladies across the pond in America. During 2005 I sold a lot of painted roses and hydrangea articles through eBay - all to ladies in America.
I learned how to paint them by purchasing a video from Ros Stallcup in Virginia. I have had the good fortune to paint with Ros in the UK twice and she is a fabulous teacher and a lovely person, and she is also an amazing painter. I have all of her books and use them often to teach myself new fruits and flowers to paint.
Throughout my entire life - art has been my biggest interest. Since my first remembered drawing of a robin with extremely long legs, I have not stopped playing with art. I attended Fashion College in California, and worked as a designer in London for several years. Motherhood followed and I did what I art I could in whatever time I could find. That journey led to decorative painting, furniture painting and interior design. I was lucky enough to be able to study Interior Decorative Techniques, for 4 years on a City and Guilds course. Since then I concentrated on pursuing the art of rose painting, and these beautiful flowers, which I have loved since childhood, have pervaded my life in all aspects – clothing, home furnishing, art and gardening. I do all this surrounded by my two wonderful teens, Lara and Jordan and my hubby Dave, in our Edwardian home with a garden full to bursting with literally dozens of old vintage roses and gorgeous English Roses! Told you I was mad about roses!