I trained in Textile Design at Brighton Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, and now work with Mixed Media on canvas, wood and paper combining paints, inks and other materials with hand-printed and painted paper collage, fabrics, hand-made felt, stitching, threads and interesting text.
My work reflects my love of the unexpected and surprising colour harmonies, patterns and textures found in the simplicity and beauty of nature, particularly seasonal flowers and wildflowers, plants, birds and butterflies. I enjoy the creative and unpredictable results of using different tools and techniques, adding layers of texture, pattern and colour and exploring different ways to develop my ideas. I take many photographs at home and away, and plan new ideas in my sketchbooks. My influences are varied and include Dufy, Matisse, Winifred Nicholson, Ivon Hitchins as well as contemporary collage artists and my daily dog walks in the countryside.
I run small, inspiring workshops in my rural garage studio on the Hampshire Surrey borders, exhibit locally and take part in Open Studio events and was delighted to be shortlisted for Surrey Artist of the Year 2019.