I was born in Yorkshire then relocated to Derbyshire whilst still a child. In a previous life I trained and worked as a dental hygienist. Life events led me to re-evaluate my life and follow my heart. I had always been creative and decided to follow my passion for art. I studied at the Cyprus College of Art from 2004- 2007 and continue to develop my work by attending portrait and life drawing sessions along with other workshops. I work from my studio in Derbyshire and create original artworks and undertake commissioned work. I am currently also developing a range of art jewellery pendants using small original paintings and scaled down prints of my work.
I have exhibited in Cyprus and the UK and my work is held in private collections in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. My work is currently exhibited in a number of web based galleries and paintings are also available for purchase directly from my website. I hope to continue this wonderful journey into the world of art and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to follow my heart and passion.
Artist’s Statement 2014
I am an expressive painter and I begin the majority of my work by choosing colours and creating marks intuitively on the canvas or paper. This is my favourite part of the creative process and one in which I can explore feelings and emotions. I continue in this way for some time making marks with a variety of implements including brushes, rollers and twigs, reacting to each mark and colour spontaneously and subconsciously. After a while I will stand back from the work and wait to see what appears to me on the canvas or what wants to be brought out of the canvas into conscious reality. It may be a landscape, figurative or still life or it may remain an abstract piece, I never know. I will continue working like this, adding more paint, scraping though and reacting to the most recent mark until the painting tells me it is finished. Sometimes during this process I will use collage and texture mediums to the work which add an interesting dimension to the surface quality of the work. Colour, pattern and texture always seem to find their way into my art. I am always happy to experiment with mark making and have a dialogue with the painting as it progresses to allow the work the freedom to become what it wants to be.