MEET THE ARTIST
I first dabbled with a set of oil paints which had been gifted to me at the tender age of 8 or so. I can still recall the pot of imaginary yellow flowers I decided upon as a subject, the piece of scrap plywood I used as a substrate, and the distinctive oily smell, which meant being banished from the house and sitting in the garage to create my masterpiece…
I never imagined that after gaining my BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration from the University of Kingston in 1999 and enjoying a 20 year career spanning children’s books to editorial illustration, I would pick up my brushes again and rediscover my love for paint.
But that’s exactly what happened and I couldn’t be more grateful that painting found me again!
Quite apart from the sheer satisfaction of applying paint, exporing the way that certain colour combinations and uninhibited brushstrokes make me feel, uplifting my mood and giving me a sense of pure freedom, chasing that experience of joyful exuberance is the entire reason my work comes into existence.
I like to work on landscape paintings alongside abstract and floral pieces. It means that landscapes can suddenly form organically from abstract marks, taking me quite by surprise, which leads to an ever-present sense of discovery and excitement in the finished work.
Most days you’ll find me in my garden studio (nicknamed “the shed”!) at the home I share with my 14 year old son and our Dachshund Jarvis on the outskirts of the quiet rural town of Newark on Trent in Nottinghamshire.
Studio visits are welcome by appointment!
Exhibitions & Events
29th March – 28th April 2024
An exhibition featuring five artists
Harding House Gallery
Please contact me if you’d like to know more about any of the events above.
2021 November – Solo show, “Painting Outside the Lines” at Grain, Newark, Nottinghamshire
2022 July – The Open Exhibition at Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington
2022 August – The Open Exhibition, Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
2022 August – Solo show, “Altered States” at Grain, Newark, Nottinghamshire
2023 March-May – “Colour & Monochrome” at Tarpey Gallery
2023 April – Group show, “Kindred” at Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire
2023 July – The Open Exhibition at Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington
2023 October – Group show, “3 Artists Go to the Coast” at Ballroom Arts, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2023 Oct-Nov – Group show, “Colour” at Macgregor Fine Art, Glasgow
2023 Nov-Jan – “Winter Exhibition” at Tarpey Gallery
2023 Nov – Longlisted, Women United Art Prize
2023 Dec – Group Show “Small Works Winter Show” at Spring Gallery, Cheltenham
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