Since being a child, I've always been "into art" and inevitably could be found drawing or making something (an avid Blue Peter fan). I graduated from Ripon & York St.John with a BA in 1992 and found myself qualified to do nothing in particular. Subsequently, I went through an array of jobs varying from decorating chocolate Easter eggs to assisting adults with learning disabilities in the development of art and crafts (with a lot more besides).
In 2008, I was diagnosed with MS and although I was working in the civil service at the time, it turned out to be my last paid post. It wasn't until 2013 though, when a personal trauma made me reassess my life and I decided to put my efforts into something positive and be what I always wanted to be - an artist.
I produced some coloured pencil drawings but spent more time painting, mainly acrylics. However, whatever I did, it was (and still is) invariably colourful. I love colour! My working ethos is "be a rainbow in someone's cloud" (Maya Angelou). I only started to develop working in coloured pencils a couple of years ago after being asked to do some pet portraits but love it as a medium. The sophisticated results that can be achieved from such a humble medium are astounding. I continue to work to commission but I also really want to spend some time developing a more personal style. There is so much to learn!
Various exhibitions at No.42 Gallery (Bishop Auckland).
Solo exhibition "Colour Works" in November, 2015 at Greenfield Arts (Newton Aycliffe).
"Cat Nap Trio" shown in the UKCPS's 2017 annual exhibition.
"Just Resting My Eyes" appeared as an 'almost' in Talking Point (May 2017).