or by mail .. Rose Bank, Shap, Penrith, CA10 3LX
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 and is in public and private collections in UK, Europe and USA.
Recent work includes the series:
Since moving to Shap, I have begun a project to visit the sheepfolds which sculptor Andy Goldsworthy reconstructed in Cumbria. I have also been discovering the fells and Lowther Valley to the west. The overlap and merging of other disciplines - walking, drawing, painting, photography and writing is significant in the development of new art work. I organise my research into 'journey books' for each new project. The outcomes vary - from series of paintings to a set of fair isle knitted cushions and collages. A visit to Woolfest in June was a revelation - it's all about sheep and wool in this area! 'Fold in the Land' includes studies and photographs which will form the basis of a new series of textile works - see these in the Textile section of the website.
'COLLECTED - 15 YEARS OF SPRING FLING' GRACEFIELD ARTS CENTRE, DUMFRIES 21st April - 13th May 2017
SPRING FLING 27th – 29th May 2017: Spring Fling is now part of the new South West Scotland artists' association, 'Upland'.
LAKES ARTISTS SUMMER EXHIBITION at The New Hall, Grasmere, LA22 9TA 29th July - 6th September 2017
C-ART ‘ARTIST OF THE YEAR’ Rheged, Penrith 9th September – 5th November 2017
C-ART OPEN STUDIO TRAIL 15th,16th & 17th September 2017
'COMING HOME' at the WHITEHOUSE GALLERY, KIRKCUDBRIGHT 9th September – 28th October
'UPLAND at UPFRONT' 14th November 2017 - 14th January 2018 : Spring Fling artists exhibition in Cumbria.
VIRIDIAN GALLERY, KESWICK I have been invited to show in the Spotlight On exhibition in August & September 2018.