I like to paint, draw ,
rub things out and draw again ... and make a lot of mess. Sometimes there
is even some sewing ... which makes even more mess over a larger area!
According to my Parents
I was found under a gooseberry bush in the 50s in the Wimbledon area
(London) where I grew up. At that time, on Platform 8 there was
a stuffed Airedale in a glass case. "Laddie" had lived and worked in the
Wimbledon area for many years collecting money for the railway children.
He now resides in York Museum. I think I may have worn a rut into the
pavement with my many visits to him.
My first Airedale was wood fill mohair and
ran on wheels. After several rescue dogs and a Standard German Schnauzer I
bought my first Airedale and named him Clouseau (Inspector Clouseau
Of Ragtail) in 1978. His breeding was Wynadale
Clouseau was such a wonderful dog, gentle,
funny, clumsy, that within a year I had bought "Clover"
a little girl Airedale, I was fortunate
to obtain locally, bred from Burdale lines. I
have their G.G. Grandson Caleb, (Ragtail Back To The Future) now almost 15years and a Daddy
himself. Also Never, 10years, her daughter Una who
was born 10th June 2006 and her son Brass September 2007. You
can see the dogs on the "Dog Gallery" page.
Their hobbies include gardening (pruning, trimming,
digging, rearranging beds and borders, eating out, eating in,
chewing, (dogs need to chew) watching TV and watching for opportunities,
..Guarding, and Hunt and Chase games. To keep their busy minds occupied
they enjoy heelwork, retrieve, and other general dog duties under the
heading of Obedience but which I like to think of as working
games. They have also made up quite a lot of games of
In an attempt to keep
up with their amazing abilities to read body language and memory, I have
Psychology through Cardonald College
and The Animal Care College. On the
side, working as Veterinary Nurse gave a good foundation of basic health
care. Although I worked as an Artist for Forget-Me-Not greetings cards for
a while, I have no formal training in Art, but the dogs are so expressive
and busy it was inevitable I would attempt to capture their sense of fun,
and beauty with pictures and ceramics.
illustrated to date include:-
Coalman's Dog. By Ann Curran, ISBN 0-9543345-1-5.
The Airedale Terrier Today. By Janet
Huxley (illustrated breed standard) ISBN : L-86054-L42-9
Walking with my Airedale. By Donald Miller (16
illustrations) ISBN: 1-903360-00-5
Thank you for visiting this site, I hope that you enjoy looking at my work
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