Shelagh has loved painting and drawing ever since she could hold a brush
and pencil. Although her ambition was to become a freelance artist, she
was instead encouraged to pursue a career in banking. Her love of
painting meant that she was constantly being asked to paint commissions
for friends and work colleagues.
Her particular love was for portraiture, and it was during a studio portrait
session with her local art society that she realised that she could help
fellow painters who were struggling to get a likeness. This inspired her to
train to be an adult education tutor. As a result she spent nearly 30 years
teaching watercolour classes and giving demonstrations to art groups.
In 1998 she organised her first painting holiday for her students, taking a group to the Charente region in France, the
first of many. She has since tutored holidays across the continent, as well as in Norfolk and the Cotswolds. Shelagh is
also a regular contributor to Leisure Painter magazine.