2020 has been a challenging year for most of us. I used to teach twice a week locally and create drawing and printing workshops for clients and students throughout the year, around the UK. Covid-19 has put paid to that… for now.

Drawing and painting have been my sanctuary through lock-down. My work gave me a focus when I felt overwhelmed, structure when there was none and peace and calm in a busy world of image and information overload.

And that’s why I’m passionate about getting people to draw. Because it isn’t just about making a mark on a piece of paper.

Drawing is about taking time for yourself to slow down and really observe something. To interrogate the subject, to capture it as only you can. To have a go, to laugh and learn, to feel interested and inspired. To solve problems and to fill time. To make connections with ideas and people and feelings. With a small sketchbook a pencil and an eraser you can capture anything, anywhere that will be unique and personal to you.

I can’t wait to get back to teaching in person, but in the meantime I’ve developed an online drawing course called The Seasonal Sketchbook. It includes all the things I’m passionate about: Traditional drawing techniques, observation and group participation but delivers it in monthly worksheets, weekly prompts, photographic inspiration and exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ virtual visits to my studio. You can learn more about it by visiting The Seasonal Sketchbook Page