Based in United Kingdom
I have been drawing & painting since before I could walk and talk, even since before I can remember. After graduating in Fine Art, specialising in Painting, at Leeds University, I caught the travelling bug. Hearing tales of Stass Parascos from my professor George Hainsworth, I decided to study further at Cyprus School of Art. Here I was tutored and inspired by the painter & principal Stass Parascos, British painters; Jennifer Harding & Geoff Rigden and archaeologist Dr Paul Croft. Bridget Riley and Ben Nicholson once popped in for a cup of tea. Artists would visit and students would come and experiment freely from all over the globe, overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
After Cyprus and Greece, I continued to travel as much as I could. Art crosses all boundaries as an international, visual language of communication. Some of my adventures have led me to chalk drawing with Palestinian children on the souk rooftops in Jerusalem or doodling with the Bedouin children in the deserts of Jordan, who, unbeknownst to me, were cutting and taking little pieces of my blonde hair. I have sketched with children in Panama and Costa Rica whilst waiting for boats and painted murals for children in a Sri Lankan nursery school. In Taiwan drawing saved me, as the only way to ask for help, information or directions. My art has been heavily influenced by my travels.
I worked as an artist in residence and teacher across the UK and Europe, meeting fascinating people along the way. After completing a further postgraduate teaching degree in Art and Design, my interest in Art Psychotherapy led me to study experiential postgraduate training at the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield. Inquiry into Jungian Analysis and Art Psychotherapy has driven my painting to explore the unconscious mind of creativity & the juxtaposition/opposition between planned spontaneity and ordered chaos. Though autobiographical at the roots, my paintings now concentrates on the union and combining of elements, from my mandala and collage mosaic paintings.
My research in Jungian Analysis and Art Psychotherapy has driven my painting to explore the unconscious mind of creativity & the juxtaposition of planned spontaneity and ordered chaos. I now live and work in Italy. My work is held in many private collections and has been exhibited in England, Scotland, Sri Lanka, India, Italy, Cyprus & Greece.