Welcome to my blog. I created my new website as a way of sharing my art. I was trained in graphic design (a lot of years ago) and always loved art but never really took up painting as a hobby until recently. In the past year after taking a portrait painting course I really fell in love with using soft pastels and now I wish to explore the medium even further. Apart from searching the internet and reading books my pastelling has been self-taught, so it really is a learning curve for me. More recently I have found a little confidence to take it outdoors, weather permitting, and paint the scenery from life. I find this much more satisfying than painting from a photograph and I hope to do more it in the future and also keep you updated of events. Thanks for visiting.