Living and working in Cambridge, my work is mainly inspired by this beautiful city, the river, countryside, quaint streets, architecture and culture. Also anything that inspires me from holiday destinations to still life and figures.
With a degree in Illustration from Harrow Art College, my work developed as 'reportage' drawing directly and spontaneously from life. We were encouraged to fill a sketchbook a week and I loved heading out to the bridges and the Southbank to sketch the excitement. I still carry a sketchbook and camera constantly with me, and I aim to capture a place and its essence. I use effortless but sensitive use of line, mark making and color with an expressive quality.
Experimenting with different techniques and materials with no strict rules, I enjoy looking for new and surprising effects. I work in a combination of collage, ink, printing, crayons and paints, (gouache oil and acrilic) sticks and pencils to add layers to add interest to my compositions until it feels complete. My work speaks of the joy of places.
My work is represented by Cambridge Open Studios, Cambridge Contemporary Art , The North Norfolk Gallery, Cromer, The Cambridge Drawing Society and the Fitzwilliam Museum Shop. My working studio/gallery is also open all year round for visitors by appointment. My work has also featured in local Cambridge magazines and I undertake commissions including specific scenes, cityscapes and portraits.
I am a qualified teacher in Art and Design, having gained a PGCE at Cambridge University in 2006. I have worked in several schools over the past ten years for all key stages, and now teach adults and children in my home conservatory. My lessons are structured informal lessons exploring drawing and paint. Varied projects developing ideas and exploring materials and processes rather than getting too concerned about specific techniques.