Rita was born in the UK but spent most of her life in Southern Africa and now lives on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales in Australia.
Since she was a child she has always had a compulsion to draw and paint. Old school exercise books, for example, whilst showing an alarming absence of relevant information, are all lavishly illustrated with pictures of cats, dogs, trees, people etc.
In the mid l970s whilst living in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) she was given a set of oil paints and was instantly captivated by the medium. She held her first solo exhibition at the John Boyne Gallery in Salisbury in 1975 and sold 36 of the 40 paintings on view. Since then she has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in various countries and her work is widely represented in private and corporate collections in Africa, Europe and America.
Most of her work comprises realist/traditional style portrayals of seascapes, landscapes, wildlife etc.