Gillian enjoyed drawing as a child and at school, but work and bringing up a family meant she couldn’t continue any art until the nest was empty. She chose Calligraphy, enjoying its precision and the historical element, which was reflected in the degree she was to take as a mature student in Art & Design and History.
She was offered a post to tutor a new Calligraphy module at the University, but instead taught Calligraphy at Adult & FE level, writing the syllabus for several NVQ
level qualifications, until she semi retired to work part time at her other love, Southampton Football Club where she spent 9 happy years.
Gillian retired with her husband back to the Island where she was born, and took up watercolour painting as a hobby. She soon enjoyed many successful exhibitions whilst at Bembridge and where she lives currently near Cowes, Isle of Wight. It was three years ago she discovered that oil painting doesn’t have to smell! Water Soluble Oils with its ability to be odourless and brushes cleaned in water has opened up a whole new concept in her art. Starting initially with just a set of Artisan Oils, Gillian now prefers oil to help capture the atmosphere and amazing light for her favourite Island landscapes and seascapes. As more companies bring out ranges in Water Soluble Oils, each has a different range of pigments and consistencies to enable her to use this advantageously whether it’s with a brush, palette knife, sgraffito or a finger! Gillian still enjoys watercolour and exhibits in both mediums around the Island where she has enjoyed many awards in both. Her Island landscape prints and cards are much sought after and her work hangs in collections on the mainland, Europe and America. She is on the Council of the Isle of Wight Art Club, previously as exhibition organiser and currently as Newsletter editor.