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…

After gaining my BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration from the University of Kingston in 1999 and enjoying a 20 year career creating images for everything from children’s books to editorial illustration, I found immense satisfaction in picking up my brushes again and rediscovering my love for paint.

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


18th and 19th May 2024

10am – 4pm


Discover four artists in the working studio of ceramicist, Karen Chesney.

Baytree Cottage, Main Street,

Norwell, Notts,

NG23 6JN

Come and discover the work of a studio glass maker, a contemporary printmaker, a studio ceramisist and myself!

We guarantee a warm welcome and an intriguing glimpse behind the scenes of our creative practices.

Please contact me if you’d like to know more about any of the events above.

Selected Exhibitions

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

2024 April – “Uplifted” 5 person group exhibition at Harding House Gallery, Lincoln

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