I grew up on a farm in the North East of England and this is where I developed my interest in art. In 1990 I went to the University of Nottingham to study Pharmacy, and I spent the next 15 years pursuing a pharmacy career.
In 2005 I came back to my artistic roots when I enrolled on a Foundation course in Art and Design. This gave me the opportunity to enhance my artistic skills and techniques and develop my creative practice. Since then I have been mostly self-taught and I have explored a variety of media, such as watercolour, textiles and stitch, print, drawing and mixed media. My work is now mainly based around creating imagery in ink.
I love nature, and am inspired by the landscape and the natural world, the changing colours and textures of the seasons. In contrast I am also inspired by home life, and I love the comfort and sentimentality of home and family. Themes of my work are very much centred around sentiment, love and the relationships we have with others in our lives.
I set up my business in 2011, became a member of Design Factory and took part in my first trade fair in 2012. During late 2012 and early 2013 I took part in the Design Factory mentoring scheme, working with mentor Debbie Bryan, an extremely positive experience which has benefited my business immensely.
During February 2013 I was the Artist in Residence for the Nottingham Festival of Words where I exhibited my new collections of Word-Inspired work, which I made especially for the Festival. During the Festival weekend I lead a participative ‘live art work’ each day, which involved members of the public and visitors contributions to a 6x4ft work of art.
I have also recently taken part in Creative Industries Day at Central College Nottingham, attending with a selection of work, and talking to groups of students throughout the day about working within the Creative Sector.