My teaching activities began in the early 1990s after a chance meeting with the head of the local Adult Education Centre, who purchased some of my work. She asked if I would be interested in starting a weekly drawing and painting class, and apprehensively I agreed to the idea.
The class was called 'Drawing and Painting for Pleasure' and offered regular exercises and demonstrations in traditional watercolour techniques. The class proved popular and with the completion of a City and Guilds Teaching Certificate in Adult Learning, my teaching slots increased to approximately twelve hours a week.
As with many unplanned events in my life, teaching has turned out to be a fortunate and rewarding experience, something I am still benefiting from to this day. Something I did not foresee, was the personal reward and genuine satisfaction involved with passing on knowledge. For example demonstrating a 'step by step' exercise, then witnessing a group of students repeat the exercise for themselves to achieve their goals. Suddenly the penny drops and it all makes sense, this surely must be the 'real' reward for any teacher.
I am very grateful to all participants over the years with whom I have spent many happy hours.
My teaching experiences have taken me to some very interesting and beautiful places in the UK. These include organising and participating in many painting holidays in Pembrokeshire, The Wye Valley, The Yorkshire Dales and The Kent Downs. I have been involved in numerous summer school workshops, demonstrations at art fairs and exhibitions, and have also been a visiting lecturer on board a cruise ship touring the Baltic Sea.