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I am English, 58 years old, married to a Mauritian with 4 boys and have lived in Mauritius for the past 30 years. I studied Biligual Secretarial at L'Institut Francais in London for 2 years then worked in Brussels before studying Interior Design at Chelsea Art College and working in Paris and Mauritius. I started painting 30 years ago taking lessons with a well know Mauritian artist Serge Constantin. We would meet on Saturday afternoons with a group of artists and paint around Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, particularly at the Port. In 1997 I met Richard Kenton-Webb at the Slade School of Art, London and he has since been to Mauritius on holiday 7 times and taught me all about tone, colour and composition. I have also attended his courses at his house regularly. In 2012 I did a course with Barry John Raybould and joined his Visual Art Accademy. I am a full time painter, art is my passion and my life.
I like to paint outdoors, alla prima, (doing a painting in one session, wet in wet) with my pochade box and tripod. I hike all over, up and down mountains going back to a spot I saw when out walking.
Drawing, composition and understanding tone are extremely important, I always start a drawing in charcoal first. Then speed is the next step. When I have understood the subject I make studies in oil and a large painting.
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