I studied painting & drawing at Liverpool College of Art and subsequently qualified as a teacher. I also have a degree in Philosophy and History of Art from the Open University. My grandmothers taught me to knit and make rag rugs, activities which still inform all my work. I have taken part in Dumfries & Galloway’s Studio Trail ‘Spring Fling’ since its inception. My work has been shown in galleries in England, Ireland and Scotland
Ideas are initially contained in ‘journey books’ – watercolour studies, photographs and text. Observation combines with memory and imagination, shaped and influenced by poetry, history, philosophy. From first beginnings new series of work take shape. Finished work is completed slowly - oils on canvas or board, wool on needles, collages/montages.
After living in Scotland for twenty years, I returned to Cumbria in March 2017.
Recent work includes the series:
- ‘catchment’ shown at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries in 2013/14
- ‘habitat’ shown at Perth Museum & Art Gallery 2015
- ‘frost & fire’ shown at Gracefield Arts Centre in 2015/16
- ‘winter’ shown at the Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright 2016/17
'COLLECTED - 15 YEARS OF SPRING FLING' Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
SPRING FLING 27th – 29th May 2017: Spring Fling is now part of the new South West Scotland artists' association, 'Upland'.
LAKES ARTISTS SUMMER EXHIBITION The New Hall, Grasmere
C-ART ‘ARTIST OF THE YEAR’ Rheged, Penrith
C-ART OPEN STUDIO TRAIL 15th,16th & 17th September 2017
'HOME' at the WHITEHOUSE GALLERY, KIRKCUDBRIGHT
'UPLAND at UPFRONT' Penrith