Born and brought up in rural Norfolk, I moved to the West Country aged 10 and have lived in varying parts of it since then - Somerset, Dorset and South and North Devon - apart from a 2 year spell working in London.
Drawing and painting has been part of my life since a child and I have continued to develop my skills in a variety of creative and artistic pursuits. Initially this was more a hobby than anything else as I pursued a career in secretarial work; subsequently I was able to undertake a degree in Design Textiles and an MA in Design which led to a second career as a lecturer in Visual Culture for the University of Plymouth and the Arts University Bournemouth. These positions enabled me to pursue both my creative and academic interests in greater depth, taking full advantage of the opportunities available to me.
I started to visit Ilfracombe regularly in 2013 and was part of the first Art Trail in 2014. I finally moved here in 2016 and, now retired, have time to immerse myself in artistic and creative activities.
My current work reflects my travels, home and abroad, through the sketchbooks which always accompany me. In these I record my responses to day to day experiences - drawings, paintings, odd bits and pieces. Some of these are worked up into finished pieces. I do not try to find a genre of work, happily using what seems the most appropriate techniques and materials for the piece including watercolour, pencil, ink, calligraphy, acrylic and pastel. I also utilise printing techniques - mono, screen, lino.
12 Osborne Road, Ilfracombe EX34 8DD