About Me

I am inspired by the wonderful light and scenery of the Algarve where my studio is based. I am a self-taught artist, best known for painting a wide range of modern style landscapes, seascapes and familiar objects within my self-titled ‘New Wave’ style. I am also available for pet portraits and commissions.

I have always loved writing as well, and my long-held dream of publishing my work came true in April 2020, with the launch of my first book, and its sequel in November 2020. The third book in the Algarve Dream series was released in April 2021. I am also the author/curator of the Travel Stories series, and my latest book, Kat the Dog - The remarkable tale of a rescued Spanish water dog was released in May 2022.

I have an honours degree in sport, and I am also a qualified teacher. I have 'A' levels in Art and English Literature – which explains my passion for art and my love of writing and blogging – but perhaps not why I spent 13 years working as a Police Officer; before leaving the Force to work my way rapidly up the education advisory service to become a Director of Education.

Giving up an illustrious and successful career in education may have seemed a crazy thing to do – but the creative call of my paints and brushes became too loud and insistent a sound to ignore. I escaped the dreary grey British weather together with my husband Dave, who is a professional photographer, and set up my art studio in the beautiful sunny Algarve in Portugal.

I now spend my days either in my studio painting or writing; or out with my husband and his camera, exploring the many beautiful and unspoilt beaches of the Algarve; or hidden ‘local’ villages that dot the Portuguese landscape together with our beautiful rescued Spanish Water Dog.

Living the Dream

My three books in the 'Algarve Dream' series - Living the Dream - in the Algarve, Portugal, Living the Quieter Algarve Dream and A New Life in the Algarve, Portugal are all for sale on Amazon. They are available in paperback, hardback, Large Print Edition, and eBook versions.

Part guidebooks, mostly memoir; these books are for anyone who has ever wondered what moving abroad is really like; and are essential reading for anyone considering moving to Portugal.

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Art Testimonials

Paul R

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"Just a big thank you for the picture which now hangs in the Sheldrake Gallery. It looks lovely so thank you very much for being so clever at art and stuff, I am useless but if I could paint I would like to be just like you and do fun, bright, cheerful pictures with lots of fishing boats and beaches."

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