I trained in textiles at Leeds College of Art and Design where I completed a BA hons Degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design in 2000. I worked as a freelance textile designer and then gradually moved towards painting, and began to exhibit in Norfolk galleries and exhibitions.
I have always kept busy creatively, learning new skills through adult education in woodwork, photography and various forms of printing making.
What inspires me
Much of my work is inspired by the ever changing mood and landscapes of the Norfolk coast. I believe my affinity with the sea stems from my childhood, where my brother, sister and I were often left to amuse ourselves in all weathers, whilst our parents mastered the art of windsurfing.
Recently I have become more interested in my ancestral connections to the North Norfolk coast and it’s led me to delve deeper into our rich coastal history. I’m excited, as this research is beginning to inform my current work and I’m interested to see where it leads me.
Since having children I have found my work has evolved into a more playful and imaginative style. At the moment I’m really enjoying working in a bold illustrative way using acrylic and indian ink.
Having collected lots of drift wood for many years I am pleased to have developed a place for it within my creative work in the form of sailboat hulls. I love the process of carefully working with each piece of drift wood and reclaimed wood, shaping them into various styles. To complete each boat I create a unique hand painted sail giving every boat its own story and adventure to fulfil.