Mixed Media allows me the freedom to be creative and to experiment with so many ways to explore and express my love of nature, seasonal and wildflowers, birds and wildlife. I trained in Textile Design and have always enjoyed the creativity of using different materials and how they work together and discovering the endless possibilities for every new piece.
I apply paint and ink to a canvas or board with big brushes and move it around quickly with a variety of tools such as large brushes, spatulas, rollers and sticks. I draw with pencil, ink or pastel and add pattern, shape and texture with layers of hand decorated collage papers and occasionally thread, fabric or other interesting finds. I love making textiles and in the winter months I make merino wool felt onto which I stitch, applique and embroider to make into small gifts and pictures.
I particularly love the work of Winifred Nicholson and Ivon Hitchens, but my main inspiration comes from from my rather overgrown garden, daily dog walks and my surroundings, observing the changing seasons and familiar yet unexpected colour harmonies and simple but complex patterns and texture. I never cease to be amazed by nature and record information in sketchbooks which I refer to for new ideas. My aim is to create enjoyment, happiness and nostalgia and to convey my love of the seasons, the colours in nature and the uplifting sound of birdsong.
I run small workshops in my rural garage studio on the Hampshire Surrey borders, exhibit locally and take part in Open Studio events and I am delighted that I was shortlisted for Surrey Artist of the year 2019.