I went to Norwich School of Art graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Illustration. Following several years working as an illustrator for publishers and advertising agencies I became a concept artist and model maker on children's animation programmes. including painting large scale backgrounds for film and television.
I now paint full time, mainly in acrylics on canvas. My work whether landscapes or seascapes are vibrant in energy and colour and through the emotional play of light, my aim is to inspire hope.
I love trees, nature, seas and big skies. Trees are great healers and in painting them I strive to bring these majestic statues to life and create an emotional narrative within the trees.
My painting equipment includes smaller brushes that I make up out of the heads of corn brooms.This I feel helps to create energy in my paintings as well as creating texture and direction in the composition. I always produce a smaller sketch painting, whereby I decide on the composition and colour palette and create a story for myself as I paint the final picture.
The canvases whether cotton or linen are always of high quality and when I produce paintings on box canvas I like to continue the painting on to the sides. Larger box canvases of 70 x 70 cms are on an aluminium frame.
My influences come from Post-Impressionist emotionally based artists such as Van Gogh and the Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. I'm also inspired by other members of my family who are also artists.
I now live in Warwickshire with my film maker husband and our two children. With regular visits back to the coast, I produce sketches and colour studies and return back to my studio to produce the finished paintings.