I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. I wish I had kept all the drawings of ballerinas that I did in the margins of our newspapers, it used to drive my Dad crazy!
I disliked school intensely and left at the age of fourteen. I completed a secretarial course at the local tech college and worked for a year in Birmingham before going on to study fine art. First at Stourbridge College of Art, then a degree in Painting and Printmaking from Chelsea school of art followed by a post graduate teaching qualification from the Institute of Education at London University.
Much to my surprise and almost by accident I secured a job as an art teacher in a large London comprehensive school. A case of being thrown in at the deep end! That learning curve continued for seven years after which I worked with young people whose schools had been unable to contain because of ‘behavioural difficulties’. I moved to Herefordshire in 1987 continuing with this kind of work. I was also parenting my own children as well as developing my own art work. For me this period was a feast of creativity; nutritious and challenging.
When I stopped teaching my main aim was to spend much more time doing my own work. I hit a blank! So I gave myself a project. What moves you? what are your passions? who are you? I still had my teachers hat on!
As an avid dog lover 'DOG' became my project, that was eight years ago and I'm still involved. I do have eyes for the wider world but there is probably enough about dogs to keep me going for years. The shapes they make, their anatomy, their personalities, their relationships, their history, how they feature in art and mythology. The love we bestow on them and our belief in their love for us.
I work in a mixture of materials often using found objects. I make sculptures and shrines, I paint, draw, sew and print. I am fascinated by the invisible line between the subconscious 'doodle' and the conscious act of drawing. I want my work to be free and loose but am always drawn to minute detail. I weave between the two.
I have exhibited my work in London, Fishguard, Herefordshire and recently at the Open Exhibition at RWA Bristol.
There is a selection of my work on this site and I aim to update it regularly. Most of my work is for sale. Please contact me via contact page or email logo for information.