Born in County Durham I have lived all my adult life in Ilkley where I have been pursuing my own work alongside teaching in school and colleges. After my initial Art training in the North East I attended Ilkley College, later doing an Art history degree with the Open University and finally completing my post graduate year at Bretton Hall, of Yorkshire Sculpture Park fame.
I have exhibited in a variety of solo, group and mixed exhibitions locally and further afield. For several years I was a member of a group who exhibited together in Pateley Bridge. The exhibition ‘Sanctuary’ was a collaboration between artists from different disciplines – visual artists, poet, sound artist and film maker.
Alongside my usual work based on the natural world and ancient artifacts, this year I have been working on images based on WW1 in memory of my great-uncles who fought on the Somme.
Most of my work is mixed media. I enjoy combining materials and exploiting the ‘happy accidents’ that occur when seemingly incompatible materials are used together. I try to select materials appropriate for my ideas so often work in different materials simultaneously – anything from print making, oil painting to tapestry weaving