About Me

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I was born in London, the daughter of a professional artist and therefore with powerful early memories of watching him draw and paint.

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I did a degree in Graphic Design specialising in Illustration at Bristol University, and since then I’ve worked across a broad range of Art disciplines, but increasingly with a Fine Art focus.

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I currently combine my own practice with contemporary art consultancy; sourcing work for private and corporate clients, and also coaching artists on a one to one basis, and in occasional group workshops.

 

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My own work combines observation and memory, and is a personal response to experiences, landscapes, artefacts and history; it explores contrasts in texture and light, and evokes rather than depicts places and things that intrigue me..

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I’m strongly influenced by the landscapes of North Yorkshire, Scotland, and Cornwall; especially by favourite places and walks. I love exploring new places; whether they be cities or amazing land or seascapes.

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My working process begins with making sketches and producing colour and texture samples on site, and taking loads of photos, all of which come together back in the studio, often through a process of experimenting and playing with all the material I’ve collected.

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I’m fascinated by mark-making and enjoy the process of developing complex layers and picture surfaces, using a range of art media and techniques. Acrylics are central to my practice as I love their flexibility and immediacy, but I also work in oils, mixed media, textiles and print.

My work is in both private and corporate collections, in the UK and abroad.

I am an elected exhibiting member of Leeds Fine Artists, which is a prestigious association of professional artists, who exhibit regularly in group shows.

I exhibit widely, both in London and throughout the UK.

Please contact me directly for upcoming shows and also to commission work, or buy work shown on this site.

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