I grew up in Horsham in West Sussex, where I showed an early flair for drawing and other forms of creativity. This manifest itself on my first day at school when I scribbled on another child’s place name with black and brown wax crayons!
I studied art at school and created several memorable pieces with collage, paint and PVA glue mixes. However, I received little encouragement from my art teacher and after leaving school I didn’t pursue things any further.
I went to university in the north east of England, where I studied geology and environmental biogeochemistry. My first job after university proved to be uninspiring, so I threw myself into campaigning with my local Friends of the Earth group and then went travelling in South America.
In 1995, I moved to Worcestershire, where I still live with my husband and our cat, Sid. Frequent visits to Cornwall, home to vibrant artists’ colonies since the late 19th century, reawakened my interest in art and inspired me to take up painting again. I have taken courses at both the St Ives School of Painting and Newyln School of Art. Some of my work is influenced by the dramatic coastlines of West Cornwall.
I am a co-organiser of Worcestershire Open Studios, which in 2017 will see artists open studios, homes and shared spaces at 70 locations across the county from 26 to 28 August. I volunteer for St Paul’s Hostel in Worcester and I’m passionate about social justice issues like climate change, fair-trade, homelessness and human trafficking.
My paintings are characterised by rich colours and strong textures. There are strong references to geology, science and the natural environment in much of my work. I am currently working on a series of 92 paintings inspired by the elements in the periodic table.
I enjoy the freedom that comes with painting and the exciting possibilities that a blank canvas or board presents. I work predominantly with acrylics and prefer palette knives to paint brushes. Sometimes I begin a new piece with a clear idea in mind, at other times colour is the starting point, and everything else flows from there. I think creating art is as much about having the confidence to just give it a go than necessarily having all the technical skills or a formal art education.
My work is regularly exhibited at venues across Worcestershire and beyond. A piece of my work was selected for the 2017 Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and in 2013, one of my paintings was short-listed for the prestigious Cork Street Open..
Some of my work is available to purchase as cards and prints through Origin Arts Gallery. Some of my work has been published in 101 Abstract Artworks Art Has No Borders iArtBook. Find out more about how I got into art here.
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