I trained in Textile Design at art college and have always enjoyed the endless possibilities of combining different materials together. Using mixed media allows me the freedom to be creative and experimental, finding different ways to explore and express my love of nature and the countryside, in particular flowers, birds and the changing landscapes throughout the seasons.
I apply acrylics and inks to paper, canvas or wooden surface and move the wet paint around using big brushes, spatulas, rollers, sticks or whatever is to hand to create a colourful decorative background. I then use pencils or inks to draw shapes and forms, and add combinations of hand-decorated papers, fabrics and threads to create layers of colour, pattern, and texture. I also make sheets of merino wool felt fabric which I then cut and sew into small gifts and decorations with added machine embroidery, tweeds, vintage fabrics, beads and buttons.
I love being outdoors in the fresh air or being by the sea, and particularly love big open spaces, bunches of fresh flowers and the birds hopping around in my garden and the surrounding fields. I am always inspired by the seasonal changes and colours in nature and I take lots of photos and record all my ideas in sketchbooks.
I run small workshops in my rural garage studio on the Hampshire Surrey borders, exhibit in galleries locally, take part in Open Studio events and in 2019 and 2021 I was delighted to be shortlisted for Surrey Artist of the Year.
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