I have always loved art and getting creative and when I was younger I loved spending my school lunch breaks in the art room. I enjoyed a two year art course at college and loved the chance to try out ceramics, graphics, photography and textiles. I then moved up to the Midlands to study a BA degree in Textile Design, followed by a Masters degree, at Derby University in the mid 90’s.
After graduating my path took a different route and I enjoyed many years working in hosiery design and within the buying department of a major UK retailer here in Leicestershire. I then rediscovered my passion for creating my own original art. This new journey began when I created a mixed media piece for my father based on their local seaside town of Southwold. This reignited my love of drawing and creating textured pieces of art; experimenting with paper collage, paint and pencil and creating simple monoprints and combining all these techniques into my own unique range of artwork, and subsequently producing prints and cards.
I drew on my coastal roots for my initial inspiration; from the brightly painted beach huts in Suffolk, to the boats moored at low tide in Dorset. My current home county of Leicestershire is also full of amazing buildings and countryside that has inspired my work.
Currently I am enjoying building a range of artwork based on nature; themes that include British birds, colourful insects and spiky succulents, which I plan to develop into a greeting cards range. I have also enjoyed a range of commission work; painting people’s family pets and capturing special places in my own textured style. I have also enjoyed running art workshops at the lovely Wistow Gallery in Leicestershire and at the historic Leicester Guildhall, teaching elements of my work to budding creatives and hope to run more in the future