I am a practising and exhibiting textile artist who makes work focussing on memory, identity, loss and absence, using mixed media techniques to generate fractured imagery that expresses some of the confusion surrounding dementia.
I have also been teaching textiles for many years, and enjoy developing the design aspect of projects with students, as well as teaching the more practical stitching and colouring skills. I have delivered City & Guilds to Diploma (the old Part 2) level in both Embroidery and Patchwork & Quilting.
2015 saw me complete my Masters with Distinction, have a gallery at Festival of Quilts, join Quilt Art as their newest exhibiting member, and in 2016 I was part of the very successful unFOLD exhibition at the Knitting & Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate International Centre.
I am a practising and exhibiting artist specialising in Natural History subjects.
My work takes two forms:
1 Mixed media semi-figurative imagery, exploring our attitudes to animals and our relationships with them. My main interest within this area is our very close and ambiguous kinship with apes, where we tread that very thin line between ape and human.
2 High quality more figurative (realistic) wildlife work, using pencil, mixed media, acrylic, ink and Monoprint.
I have 26 years’ experience teaching all age groups (from 6 to 96!) a wide range of arts subjects, both in FE and privately.
I have taught numerous certificate and leisure courses, and am currently teaching private groups almost exclusively. My passion is teaching drawing, particularly focusing on left and right brain functions and how they affect our visual perception.