I create expressive, vibrant paintings predominantly inspired by the flowers and forms of the natural world.
My paintings are often developed from initial observational studies in my sketchbook – I like to get out and about in nature to really absorb the beauty and feel of my focus. I hope to weave the excitement this experience generates into my outcomes. I also work directly from flowers in interesting pots and vases from my burgeoning collection in my studio in St Albans.
I love contrasts and I am fascinated with the effect of light, both being an influence in my work. I explore spontaneous mark making and vibrant colour to evoke energy and rhythm and capture the inherent patterns in my subject. I think my training in textiles has a big influence here! Spending the majority of my time painting, I am also drawn back to my love of fabrics and stitch, occasionally making detailed textile pieces to interpret my organic compositions. Whichever medium I am working in, the outcomes are complex, rich and multi-layered artworks that I hope have impact but also draw the viewer in, inviting closer inspection.
I graduated from Farnham with a degree in Fashion/Textiles and subsequently trained in education. I have taught both Art and Textiles for over 20 years at secondary level. I currently divide my time between this and working in my studio, developing my own creative practice. As both a painter and a textile artist, I have exhibited in solo and joint shows both nationally and abroad and I have demonstrated at events such as the Knitting and Stitching Show and the Festival of Quilts.