Mixed Media allows me the freedom to be creative and to experiment with many ways to express my love of nature, seasonal flowers and plants and wildflowers, birds and my rural surroundings.
I trained in Textile Design at Brighton Polytechnic and the RCA, and have always enjoyed the creative processes and possibilities of combining different materials together.
I apply paint and ink to canvas, paper or board with big brushes and move it around quickly with a variety of tools such as large brushes, spatulas, rollers and sticks. I add pattern, shape and texture with inks, pastels, my own decorated collage papers, thread, stitching, fabric or other interesting finds. 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 freshness of the work of Winifred Nicholson and Ivon Hitchens, but my main inspiration comes from the flowers in my rather overgrown garden and daily dog walks observing the changing seasons and familiar yet unexpected colour harmonies, and simple but complex patterns and texture. I am always amazed by nature and record my information in sketchbooks which I refer to for new ideas.
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.