Born in England in 1961, I graduated in 1984 with a BA(hons) in Fine Art Printmaking from West Surrey College of Art and Design. Since then I have worked full time as an artist and exhibited throughout the UK. My paintings have been internationally reproduced as greetings cards, posters, limited edition etchings and even fabric designs.
What excites me about making pictures is trying to capture the essence of a place, a feeling, a thing. I am attracted to vivid colours and the decorative qualities in everyday objects. I enjoy rearranging my ingredients, for instance moving all the red boats on the beach next to the pink tractor for a stronger effect. Birds, shells, flowers and fish might be placed against true landmarks as focal points. My pictures are therefore more atmospheric than literal. My aim is to end up with my gathered ingredients – glimpses of journeys, patterns from familiar settings and objects collected along the way – converging to create an image that communicates the richness of the original source of inspiration.
I work mainly on board in acrylic, occasionally incorporating collage with gold and silver leaf. My training as a printmaker is evident both in the use of blocks of flat colour and in the way I scratch through surfaces to reveal pre-laid colours underneath. My influences come from travelling in India, Cornish holidays and the chaos of cats and children wandering onto wet paint. I have also drawn inspiration from the work of favourite artists, including Mary Fedden, Milton Avery and Daphne McClure.