In recent years, the material for June's paintings have come from her travels and the powerful effect that these experiences have had on her at the time. She tries to capture something of the character, mood and atmosphere of the different people and places she has come across on these journeys.
June used to paint directly from the subject, but because her travel experiences are currently the main source of her painting, she only takes an A5 sketchpad and 2B pencils with her for minimal line drawings and written notes, plus her tiny camera.
Back in the studio, June does a lot of drawing before beginning a painting, usually roughs in charcoal plus pastel colour sketches. She works in many different mediums; gouache, pastel, oil, acrylic or mixed media, depending on subject matter and her feelings at the time.
June's favourite medium is pastel, usually worked on a smooth paper or card, sometimes over an underpainting in gouache. She builds up in layers using fixative, as necessary, in between. She usually has several works on the go at one time due to unsolved problems or uncertainties with the paintings.
1944 Born on 6 March in Halifax, Yorkshire
1960-62 Intermediate in Fine Art, West Sussex College of Art
1962-66 Studied for a Diploma in Art and Design, graduated with First Class Honours in Interior Design
1966-94 Practising Interior Designer
1977 Elected a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (FCSD)
1992 Began painting part-time
1994 Began painting full-time
1997-2006 Ran various workshops and lectured to art groups throughout Devon
2005 Elected a Member of the Pastel Society
Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers
‘Frank Herring Award’, Pastel Society, 2004
‘Brian Sinfield Fine Arts Award’, Pastel Society, 2004
2007 Devon Art Works
2000/05 ‘Nine Days of Art’, Devon
1998 Wykham Galleries, Stockbridge
1995/96/98 Seymour Galleries, Totnes
1995 The Gallery, Ashburton