I like being called Felicity too. A word mainly found in Victorian novels and defined as meaning “..intense happiness”; so am I not being wished happiness every time I am called? (taking into account the tone of voice used of course!)
The word Felicity can also mean “ …well expressed..” , “…the ability to find appropriate expression for one’s thoughts” (Oxford English Dictionary)
Well how strange, as it is just such an eloquence of expression which I seek to achieve in my artwork, whether it is for a client or for myself. I want to tell a story. To show you something visually. It might be a formal portrait, a caricature with a twist of humour or a map with directions showing you what’s around the corner. Or more subtly perhaps, only a whisper and if you listen hard enough you might see it.
Originally from Weymouth in Dorset I completed an Art Foundation course in Bournemouth after leaving school. I then travelled around finding odd jobs of any sort in beautiful places such as Wales, Scotland and Greece.
In 1981 I moved to Bristol where I completed a Ba (hons) Degree in Illustration and Graphic Design at the West of England College of Art. I spent a few weeks one summer sketching street caricatures in Jerusalem which was my first challenging but successful experience of this art form.
I subsequently lived in Oman and Holland before settling in Fort William in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, where my two daughters, Alice and Phoebe, grew up.
I have fifteen years experience as a self employed artist and illustrator. I live across the Great Glen from Ben Nevis with a home studio overlooking Loch Linnhe, seabirds nesting on their islands and the hills beyond fringed with ancient oakwoods.