I was born and educated in New Zealand, but have lived in Tenterden, Kent for the past 40 years. I attended Wellington Teachers College where I majored in Mathematics and Art and subsequently studied for a BA degree with the Open University. At Teachers College I focussed mainly on screen printing and pottery. I was very lucky to have as a tutor the renowned New Zealand potter, Doreen Blumhardt. In 2010 I retired from teaching Mathematics, and have had time to indulge in my other interests, in particular painting. I have studied and worked with local artists. I am surrounded by beautiful Kent countryside and live near the sea, both of which are a great inspiration to me. I also like to travel to New Zealand and Europe. I am always enthusiastic to return to my studio and paint, working from photographs and memory. Initially I was enjoying painting with watercolours – mainly pots and flowers from my garden, however after attending oil painting workshops run by Fiona Graham Mackay I have found I love oil as a medium and my more recent paintings have been boats and seascapes, using oil. In 2013 I took part in the South East Open Studios exhibiting work in watercolours and acrylics and sold a lot of paintings to friends and the public. I am exhibiting a few paintings in an exhibition at Smallhythe Studio in Jan 2016 and in June I will also be exhibiting my work, in my studio, as part of the South East Open Studios.

SEOS – South East Open Studios 2016

My studio will be open on 3rd, 4th , 5th, 10th, 11th , 12th and 14th – 19th June. I will be exhibiting acrylic, oil and pen and wash paintings.

Raspberry Oast Studio,
Raspberry Oast,
Smallhythe Rd,
Kent. TN30 7LY


Yachts Down Under

‘Yachts Down Under’ Oil on paper (width 44cm, height 23 cm).

There are 5 Limited Edition Prints of this painting. Print size is the same as the original.


‘Rye Fishing Boats’ Oil  40cm by 40 cm


‘Rye’ Oil on canvas ( width 76cm, height 61cm).

There are 5 Limited Edition Prints of this painting. Print size (width 35cm, height 43cm)


‘China Dish + Limes’ oil on canvas ( width36cm, height 26cm, depth 4 cm)


‘Nasturtiums in Blue Vase’ oil on paper ( width 28cm, height 40cm )


‘Patterns of Yorkshire’ oil on paper (width 47cm, height 36 cm )


‘China Pots + Tomatoes’ oil on canvas ( width36cm, height 26cm, depth 4 cm)


‘Waterlilies’ Acrylic 50 cm by 50 cm

'Portrait of Sam' charcoal 30cm width by 50 cm height

‘Portrait of Sam’ charcoal   30cm width by 50 cm height


‘Mikri Vigla, Naxos’ oil 30 cm by 30 cm

For all art enquiries:

Mrs Fran Sharp
Raspberry Oast
Smallhythe Rd,
Kent. TN307LY


Telephone: 0044 (0) 1580 762698
Mobile: 07702853670