Although my drawings and watercolours, made directly from nature and found objects, are fundamental in my work, how any painting will end up is as much a surprise to me as to anyone. More and more the sculptures that I am making from these found objects (and other materials) are playing their role in the paintings too as well as standing alone. Adding  soot, rust and ash to both acrylics and oils give a solidity and substance to the  paintings .

In the studio memories at the time of being in a particular landscape are mixed with emotions at the time of painting; colours and mark making are layered, scraped, added and taken away until the work is interesting and unexpected enough for me to be able to leave it. Often paintings have to be put aside for days or months and brought back so they can be tackled in new ways until I am happy with the results and I am surprised by what I have made.

One piece of work follows another, series of paintings work together.

When starting a new painting there is usually some element/idea from a previous work that comes in to my mind and I surround myself in the studio with objects, sketchbooks, photographs and start to paint ….

I originally trained as a Textile Designer (Print) and have been painting for over thirty years but working as a professional artist for just the last few years.


 Education and professional development

2018/2019  Fine Art Mentoring Course Morley College   tutor Erika Winstone

2017/2018  Fine Art Mentoring Course Morley College   tutor Erika Winstone

2017    Advanced Painting practice tutorials Morley College tutor, Stephen Wright

2016    Advanced Painting Practice- Morley College tutor, Stephen Wright

2015    Portrait painting Morley College-tutor Rupert Record

1997-2015  Qualified & worked as Speech & Language therapist/outreach in London

1986- 1996  Self-employed (with one partner) small business hand printing & painting textiles

1978    BA Hons Textile Design (Print) Leeds University


Exhibitions and Awards

2018  Final exhibition Fine Art Mentoring students  Espacio Gallery
2018  Two women show with Caroline Ingham Jeannie Avent Gallery


2018   Made 2018 Drawing, Painting and Sculpture: Group Exhibition Morley College

2018   The Lovely Gallery Winners from 2017 Open Summer Exhibition

2017   The Lovely Gallery Winter Art Fair 2017 (group show)

2017   Shortlisted National Open Art Competition UK

2017   Dulwich Festival Open Artists’ studios (and 2012, 2013)

2017   Two Landings up; Advanced Painting Practice: Group Exhibition Morley College

2016   Shortlisted Society of Women Artists

2016   Made: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture Exhibition, Group exhibition Morley Gallery,

2013   Royal Watercolour Society:  Mall Galleries