A little bit about me

My self-portrait
My self-portrait
After my schooldays, chiefly memorable for drawing and painting the wide variety of plants which surrounded the playground and sports field, I spent four years at Loughborough College of Art enjoying an art foundation course and completing a BA(hons) in Silversmithing and Jewellery Design. Even in this wonderful creative atmosphere I couldn't resist escaping to paint flowers in the local park.

Many years passed and my family expanded, leaving less time for my passions of painting and handcrafting and it wasn't until my children grew older, and a chronic illness caused a major change of lifestyle, that I was able to find serious time to devote to painting again. I began to attend local craft fairs which were great fun and very successful, and a new direction for life emerged.

I now have a small studio at my East Yorkshire home and spend every available moment at work in it. By 2012 it was time to stop handcrafting, despite its popularity, and to concentrate fully on art. There were just not enough hours in the day for both and painting has always been my first and greatest passion.

Commission work makes up a significant part of each week and I am endlessly inspired by the variety and individuality of each painting. Clients often comment that they are drawn to my work because of the colour I use and this has become something that I try to seek out. A big thank you to you all for continuing to give me new and exciting challenges. The initial discussion where we establish the direction for the painting and what it means to you is always a particular pleasure.

An unexpected area of development has been painting dog portraits and has come about since I had my own two rescue dogs, Molly and Toby who accompany me on many painting days. It is one of the most fun areas of work as I spend hours lying on the floor chasing that elusive shot which captures the character and personality of my sitter! Having always been charmed by (and devoted to) mongrels and mutts, I am nevertheless constantly in awe of the flawless good looks of pedigree dogs.

I still love painting flowers, recording their detail and colour, but also enjoy developing semi abstract paintings using flowers as a base and experimenting with different techniques to loosen the painting up a little. My new challenge is develop some of my designs for merchandise which should be available next year. In the meantime I paint the subjects I see all around me in my daily life, the seasons and the beautiful British countryside, especially Yorkshire.