I am a painter and collage artist working with a variety of media producing quirky, colourful and vibrant collages. Born in Cheshire, UK, in 1974, I graduated in 1996 at Bath School of Art in Fine Art specialising in Painting. I have been exhibiting and selling work in galleries and online for over ten years.
I am fascinated by the imperfections of pre-used paper, crumpled or smoothed. My use of media, shape, line, colour, pattern and how they all work together often guide how a piece develops. I sometimes use canvas but more often a variety of papers such as brown paper bags, or vintage book pages and covers.
A feel for a composition that works is crucial and I love seeing how patterns, colours and shapes can sit alongside each other happily, exploring the push and pull that colours and shapes have on each other.
A subject can often appear out of necessity in my work, captured from a fleeting memory. This can be anything from a favourite dark blue jumper to a small rabbit, a stylish desk lamp, or a group of beautiful chickens that belong to my sisters. All these subjects may seem to belong to unrelated stories but hopefully sparking a sense of wonder that recalls playful childhood memories.
My inspirations have always been eclectic and extremely varied, from illustration and painting, to ceramics, sculpture and fashion design, to contemporary dance, architecture, interior design and printmaking. I find there is a connection in the creative process with all of them, no matter how varied the discipline.
I love making work in my garden studio drinking far too much tea!