Hello, let me tell you something about who I am. I was brought up on the Nottingham/Derbyshire border near Long Eaton, where I remained until I was thirty. Without a doubt, my passion for all things art can be attributed to both my father's and mother's side of the family, a lineage that has nurtured photographers, craft lovers, and artists. From as early as five years of age, I remember very clearly being drawn to art and was very fortunate that my parents were encouraging. My late Auntie Marjorie was a major influence in my life, the most vivid childhood memory that I can recall is one of me sitting in the New Forest with a box of Winsor and Newton watercolours while she tutored me.
I have purposely chosen not to study art at University I put this down to curiosity I want to know everything! I am a serial student I absolutely love learning and to me, there is nothing better than being in a library reading a book and researching a subject. Over the years I have gained a HND in textiles technology and 1st Class honours in international fashion business and more recently a master’s with a distinction in public history and heritage.
My art education has come from firstly my aunt as mentioned above and secondly at numerous evenings, day classes, and workshops as well as two years at college during my six years in Australia so for those who care, I do hold formal qualifications in painting and print making. I have been greatly influenced by my fabulous master tutor of five years Charles Sluga who from his small township of Yackandandah has international acclaim. I believe greatly in encouraging everyone to become involved in art at whatever level and those classes I attended and still attend when I can, are wonderful and so far, I have not felt the need to over formalise my art training. Preferring to forge my own style, I let my art speak for itself.
I have exhibited in exhibitions solo and joint every year since 2003 enjoying the friendships and collaborations made along the way. Art demonstrating at art societies and groups is something I really adore along with leading workshops and working with community groups or schools. Since graduating from my master’s, I have worked freelance for various organisations such as Culture Syndicates, Derby University, Derbyshire County Council and Bright Ideas in Nottingham. I love being able to combine my two passions of art and heritage as one inspires the other.
I have also not chased after awards and accolades so there is not a long list of them on my website to wow you, so sorry about that! But there are long lists of exhibitions and a full CV of all the wonderful collaborations during my time as a freelance artist.