Having grown up in Swanage, I have always had an affinity with the landscape and coastline of Purbeck, a connection which is particularly reflected in my recent personal work. I grew up in Swanage (in an arty family- my dad was a comic strip artist, who worked locally (Roy of the Rovers, Charlie's war).
I attended Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, completed my degree in Community art and English, followed by an Art teaching certificate (PGCE). As well as teaching art in London schools for a number of years, I have worked on large scale commissions for public places ( ceramics and mosaic) and on community arts projects locally and in London. (ceramic, mosaic and textile).
My current work incorporates stitched layers of weathered, torn, handmade and recycled textile materials. I am inspired by all the sights I grew up with - the changing nature of natural surfaces as a result of weathering and erosion- the geological patterns found in the local landscape and coastline- colourful beach shelters and 'seaside-y' themes.