The inspiration I get stems from anything within the natural world. This vast subject matter can range from the complexities of surfaces, using microphotographic images, as well as work based on water from my love of the sea and floral inspiration from gardens. Using nature as my subject matter, I work in an array of mediums, from oil paint, acrylic, watercolour, pen and wash to mixed media.
I am based between the Cotswolds and the Isle of Wight, studied ceramics in Cornwall and then painting and media in Cheltenham.
I started with a foundation course in Cheltenham, then progressed to my love of ceramics and ceramic design at Falmouth School of Art and Design. After living in Cornwall for a few years it was time to move on and develop my skills as an artist through paint. I returned to Cheltenham to study visual arts and media at Pittville Campus of Gloucestershire University.
Once I had completed my education it was time I found myself employment and strangely it was back to college I went. I worked at Cheltenham Ladies' College in the role of pastoral care for 24 years and loved it. I have fond memories, of staff, students and the antics we all got up to. I am very lucky in the fact I can still be involved there when needed.
After living in Cornwall, the sea holds a special bond for me. So I was lucky enough to meet my husband who grew up on 'the island'. Now I travel between the Cotswolds and the Isle of Wight where inspiration can be found right outside my front door.
Throughout my school and college courses photography was a part of my education. It has been the the go to medium for the starting point of any of my paintings. It's always advisable to have your own source material as a professional artist but I am also grateful to photographers that have given me permission to use their work too.