About me


About me

photo about artist and ruff my dog in the studio
Me and Ruff in the studio

So, a little bit about me… I work from my studio at home in Hertfordshire or whenever I can at my bolt hole in Darsham, Suffolk. I am often joined by my two dogs, Ruff the West Highland Terrier and Luna the Bedlington Terrier.

photo about two dogs looking at artist finish a commission piece in 2017
Luna and Ruff look on as I finish this commission piece in 2017

When I started painting back in 2010 I mainly painted and printed dogs. Ruff inspired much of my work, he was my only dog back then. This painting, entitled ‘Wind in my hair’ was extremely popular and prints are often requested.

Wind in my hair - Farrow & Ball on paper painting - first painting by artist
Wind in my hair – Farrow & Ball paint on paper

Training

I am largely self taught although I have taken courses with Anthony Connolly, Lupe Cunha and Nicola Slattery.  My work has continued to develop and evolve. Most recently I have completed an intensive three month course called the Creative Visionary Programme with Nicholas Wilton of ART2LIFE. This course has been a game changer in terms of how I work. It has enabled me to develop a practice that is enjoyable and sustainable. I now work much more intuitively and have a lot more fun in the studio. It has also led me to explore working in a more abstract way which I have enjoyed, much to my surprise.

How I work

Most work starts from just playing with materials with no plan or outcome in mind. Paint, collage, pastel, charcoal and graphite amongst other materials are laid down layer after layer until an idea or image emerges.  I am particularly drawn to colour, shapes and texture. So I put something down and then add something in response to what is in front of me. When it stops working or being interesting I move onto something else. Working on multiple pieces at once enables each piece to inform the others. Mostly I paint on boards or canvas building up many layers. When a piece is finished it is glazed and finished with wax to give it a lovely rich creamy finish.

Painting Neither here nor there - 2018 - 20 x 20 cm - mixed media on canvas
Neither here nor there – 2018 – 20 x 20 cm – mixed media on canvas

Why I do it

Making art is my response to the life I live. It is how I communicate my experiences and feelings. I might try to capture the fragrance and beauty of fresh flowers, something that made me laugh or something that moves me deeply, it’s all in my paintings.

Workshops

Exhibitions:

2019

Nude or Fully Clothed

Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans

Talented Art Fair 

Brick Lane, London

2018

Harlow Open 2018

The Gibberd Gallery, Harlow

Society of Women Artists 2018 Exhibition

Mall Galleries, London

2018 Art2Life Academy Exhibition

Online

Heart Research UK Secret Auction

London and online

2017

Present Arts

Parndon Mill, Harlow

Contemporary Colour

Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm, Colchester

Society of Women Artists 2017 Exhibition

Mall Galleries, London

2014

Autumn Exhibition

Tudor House, Sawbridgeworth