Colour excites me, grabs my attention and fuels my creativity.
I use acrylics and mixed media to create bold, expressive artwork that catches the eye and fires the imagination.
Growing up in West Sussex, my childhood was full of colour and creativity. After receiving little encouragement from my art teachers, I gave up making art and studied geology at Durham University.
My interest in art was revived after I began making frequent trips to West Cornwall, home to vibrant artists’ colonies since the late nineteenth century. This led me to take evening classes at my local college. Short courses at the St Ives School of Painting and Newlyn School of Art soon followed.
Alongside my love of colour, my work is also influenced by geological formations, the dramatic coastlines of West Cornwall and anything that grabs my attention, like a line from a song or a bunch of plastic spades at the seaside.
I work quite quickly and instinctively. Once I’ve selected my palette I get to work with painting knives, rubber tipped brushes and colour shapers liberally applying acrylic paint, often straight from the tube, scraping and mark making. Close examination of my work reveals mesmerising contours of colour, intriguing marks and undulating textures.
My work is regularly exhibited in the West Midlands and has been shown in London, Surrey and St Ives. I am an ArtGemini Prize finalist and some of paintings have been shortlisted in national competitions and selected for the Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition in London.
I have completed both private and public artwork commissions, including creating five bespoke designs in collaboration with fine art photographer, Richard Nicholls, for windows of Worcester’s former Hop Market Hotel at 16 Foregate Street.
My largest artwork to date, Jackson, was one of the elephant sculptures in Worcester’s Big Parade art trail last summer. He was located outside the city art gallery and museum for eight weeks before being sold at auction to raise thousands of pounds for St Richard’s Hospice.
My studio is on the top floor of the Victorian house I share with my husband and our cat. Get in touch if you’d like to see more of my artwork, enquire about commissions or to find out about my range of cushions, mugs and notebooks featuring vibrant extracts of some of my paintings.