I went to Norwich School of Art graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Illustration in 1990.
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. These included 'The Wombles' and 'Thomas the Tank Engine' TV series, including painting large scale backgrounds for film and television.
I now paint full time, mainly in acrylics on canvas. Every one of my paintings starts with a desire to tell a story and this helps to motivate the composition. My work whether seascapes or landscapes are vibrant in energy and colour and through the emotional play of light, my aim is to inspire hope and optimism. My painting process has become a more spiritual experience, whereby I'm working from a place of feelings and emotion.
I love nature, trees, seas, big skies and the magnetism of the universe and its mystery above us. Trees are great healers and in painting them I strive to bring these majestic statues to life and portray how they relate to our lives as well as wildlife around us.
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. Emotion through light source is very important part of my work as I sometimes like the light to be dazzling and magical.
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.