I did not attend Art School but studied Art to A level at school and then as part of my Teacher Training. As a young woman I was fortunate to attended life drawing classes with Chris Alexander, an inspirational teacher. I have had many dedicated and inspirational teachers since. As my life was busy with work and family I felt that I should find ways to maintain my connection with art. I chose life drawing.
Although my work is diverse in subject matter, medium and approach it is all generated from direct observation. It is enormously exciting for me to translate 3D forms into 2D images and I hope that my enthusiasm is reflected in my final pieces of work.
Over time my style has evolved. It is now freer and more expressive with the explicit intention of capturing a moment. My work is intended to be a celebration of whatever I have seen - it may be the pattern from a piece of fabric, the curve of a petal on a flower or perhaps seeing green within the colour of a person's skin. I cannot predict what will grab my interest only that there will be something.
It would be difficult to single out artists who have influenced me because there are so many.Like a magpie I take inspiration from all I see; from the easy line of man's earliest cave drawings to the exquisite drawings by Leonardo, from celebration of form in Michelangelo's sculptures and paintings to the soul baring portraits of Rembrandt, from Velasquez to Van Gogh to Kandinsky to Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville.
A painting designed to evoke a feeling of the past and memories. Predominantly white lilies on a yellow background with blue 'memories within the composition - a bell jar, butterflies, date and mail stamps