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