I trained in Textile Design at Brighton Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art and have always enjoyed combining different materials together and discovering the exciting, creative and decorative possibilities for each new piece.
Mixed media gives me the freedom to be creative and to experiment with different ways to explore and express my love of nature and my natural surroundings.
I apply paint and ink to a paper, canvas or wooden surface and then move the wet paint around quickly with a variety of tools such as sprays, spatulas, rollers, and sticks to create a decorative background. Pencil or ink are then used for drawing shapes and forms, and I then add layers of hand-decorated and printed collage papers, thread, fabric, stitching or interesting text to create colour, pattern, and texture. In the colder winter months, I make merino wool felt embellished with machine-embroidery, tweeds and vintage fabrics, buttons and beads for small gifts and pictures.
My main inspiration comes from being outdoors in the fresh air and from my rural surroundings, from big bunches of flowers and the little birds hopping around in my garden. I am always amazed by the seasonal colours and changes in nature and record my new ideas and information in sketchbooks at home or when I am away.
I run small workshops in my rural garage studio on the Hampshire Surrey borders, exhibit locally, take part in Open Studio events and in 2019 I was delighted to be shortlisted for Surrey Artist of the Year.