Who are you?
Eccentric and trying to view the world through an odd shaped looking glass. Living in a bright coloured bubble. I’m an ever-curious and quite restless, creative soul and artist working in a variety of different media. I make fine art photographic pieces using a mixture of photography, collage and digital painting. I also produce large scale original Fine Art Textile Pieces for galleries and private commissions.
I live and breathe Art and have always been a Maker. A visual magpie – I love looking at Art and being inspired all the time to teach myself new things.
I live between Norfolk and Devon in the UK. I have tried to be a strong and inspiring mother to my two beautiful and talented children, who I raised by myself, and hopefully gave them the courage to fly and be fearless.
I’ve been a Teacher of Art, Textiles and Photography for many years but am now concentrating on my own work.
Are you formally trained?
Formally trained. I completed my degree and postgraduate studies at Harrow School of Art & Brighton University specialising in Photography and then Fine Art. I was singled out in my final year for special bursary prizes from both Kodak and Agfa. After graduating I have taught Art, Textiles & Photography and continued to freelance and exhibit my work in the UK, Europe and US. I have acquired the most knowledge from being constantly curious and trying to teach myself new things. I’m never static and spend a lot of time looking at art on screens, in books and in galleries.
What inspires you?
Oh many, many things and sometimes quite bizarre. Dreams, books, people’s conversations, song lyrics, a colour, a plant, landscapes, gardens and travels – as well as work by artists who I love. Often it’s written words that make me see a picture in my mind but I am inspired by the visual just as much. I love books and reading. I am fascinated by strange things and love the work of other creatives who are not afraid to explore the dark, bizarre, eccentric and brooding aspects of life. David Lynch has been a long time inspiration as has Phillip Pullman.
I am very influenced by painting and contemporary illustration, decorative, theatrical fashion and the history of dress. I want my work to provoke an emotional response and for the viewer to be intrigued by the process behind it. I would like to think my art leaves an impression on the viewer that is not easily forgotten.
For the last few years I have really focused on portraiture. I am constantly exploring identity and beauty and suggesting a story behind the image. My portraits often depict women with an underlying sadness and emptiness, wearing a mask that is fleeting and fades.
Landscape is my other real passion, my landscapes are often melancholy and timeless but strikingly beautiful, full of romance, tradition and poetry. I like to make pictures that are full of silence.
Describe your days
I wake up every day and I feel really excited about my next piece of work. Digital brushes, colours, ideas… all inspire me to keep making new work. Inspiration comes from many places and I devote lots of time to just looking at images by other artists. Most of my inspiration comes from contemporary Illustration rather than Photography. I’m a very productive image maker but I recognize the need for space and time outside work too, I like to be out walking in the countryside or at the coast whenever I can to declutter my thoughts and reconnect with nature and the landscape where I live.
Every bit of spare time goes into making Art of different kinds. Life has become Art and I really love that. It never feels forced or pressured, it has just evolved into a very good place to be. I’m very lucky to have been surrounded by creative people all my life. I have a lovely workroom with white walls and floorboards and a big window looking out on the garden. My computer is at one end with pin boards of changing inspirations above it – postcards of paintings, printed cards of my work, little collages and embroideries, a separate wooden work table where I sew and many shelves of books, bright coloured fabrics, wools and threads. My work space is very organised and I can’t work in a cluttered space.
What drives you?
The restless spirit I think and a curiosity to try new directions and keep branching out. I like to have a lot of diverse projects and ideas on the go to challenge myself and push myself forwards. I’m interested in a lot of different things so I suppose my diversity is reflective of that. I feel comfortable with all the styles I work in and I enjoy them all. My biggest problem is time and always feeling there are never enough hours in the day!
Graphique de France
Art Angels UK
Editions Ltd US
Unicorn Fine Art
Random House UK AUS
A Vue d'Oeil
Wendy Lamb Books
Elegant Clutter UK
Presses de la Cite
W.N.Norton & Co
Portland Opera US
Simon & Schuster UK
Illustrate a whole cookery book (Ottelenghi I’m only a phone call away!) Illustrate Fashion Week
Photobook documenting Scottish Islands, Iceland, India, Lake District
More Album covers
Illustrate a children’s book
Giant Textile Mural Commission Collaboration Project
LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012
Soho Gallery for Digital Art, New York February 22-28 2013
‘Exposure’ A Mobile Photography Exhibition, CS Gallery, Columbus, Ohio 16 – 26 March 2013
Arthaus, San Francisco, CA April 05- June 30 2013
The Holcim Gallery, Milton, Ontario, Canada June 24- July 13 2013
‘Phone Art’ Alexander Brest Museum, Florida September 2013
Mobile Photo Connect Conference in San Francisco, Terra Gallery and Event Venue October 2013
Obscura Gallery, Melbourne, Australia November 21 – December 28 2013
MIRA Mobile Prize, Porto, Portugal September 2014
Pocket Vistas: A Mobile Photography Exhibition for Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife Images. Ontario, Canada. September 03-28 2014
Self Portraits Mobile Camera Club, Paris June/July 2015
L'Ambassade de Roumanie, Paris 'Ceci N'est Pas Un Selfie' February 2017
'Monsters' Mobile Camera Club, Paris May 2018
‘Selfies’ Atelier Oblik, Clichy, France organised by Pauline Escande Gauguie & Bertrand Naivin 30 March - 29 April 2019
Winner of ‘Mobile Artist/Photographer of the Year’ at the Mobile Photography Awards 2012/13
Honourable mentions for Portraits and Still Life in the American Aperture Awards 2013
Shortlisted for IPA Quarterly September 2013
Shortlisted MIRA Mobile Prize 2014
Shortlisted Pocket Vistas 2014
In 2012 I self published my first Art book of my Landscape pictures
I make beautiful, original, illustrated artworks for private commissions.
Clients submit an existing image or series of images and I transform it into something beautiful and memorable.
I also guide clients through printing options to a finished artwork that can be treasured forever.
My starting fee for a commission is £500
A commissioned triptych depicting a woman's journey with breast cancer
The brief was to produce three individual artworks that explored diagnosis, treatment and illness and recovery.
The client was keen for me to use the symbolism of nature in the images.