I have been involved in the expressive arts all my life. I taught myself to draw from Disney characters and from an early age I regarded myself as an ‘artist’, signing and dating my drawings in sketchbooks. My dad’s art shop in Lancashire was an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ with treasures galore. I remember one drawing – a scene from my bedroom window – became a mission in capturing every stone and slate of the terraced houses around me. This obsession with photographic representation remained with me until I was at university on my Fine Art course when a time limitation on one particular life drawing session forced me to draw quickly and I loved the resulting spontaneity and vibrancy it created. I was no longer concerned with ‘detail’ and used quick, gestural mark making to capture the majestic, powerful spaces of the northern landscape.
After graduating at the University of Reading in 1984, I pursued a career in Education and have been a Primary classroom teacher, arts advisory and classroom music support teacher and music teacher, most recently in International education. I am fascinated by the relationship between music, art and dance and the differing sensual experiences they offer. I have always felt very passionate about the valuable role the arts play in education and pursued an Med in Creative Arts at the University of Exeter for which I researched teachers’ perceptions towards the arts. I have delivered in service training and workshops for parents, teachers and governors.
As a visual artist my style has been greatly influenced by my experience as a young dancer and performer, which has instilled in me an appreciation of the human form and it’s capability to express itself through movement,, whether it be a grand, sweeping action or the slightest of gestures. I love capturing the spontaneity, power and beauty of a body in motion. My work embraces a wide range of themes:
Sport: Baseball, Football, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Rugby, Sailing.
Dance: Ballet, Riverdance, Fred and Ginger, Ice Skating, Torvill and Dean.
Miscellaneous: Life or Career Stories; School, Family and House Portraits, internet, wedding invitation and table designs.
Having recently retired I am now thoroughly enjoying the time to devote to my own art, further developing my work and taking inspiration from the local area – the gentle, rolling hills and elegant countryside of the Surrey Hills now replacing the rugged landscape of my northern roots. ……Fences and woodland taking the place of dry stone walls and moors of my youth. Alongside these landscapes I have also recently started exploring floral still life and semi abstract themes.