My work consists of two very distinct paths : as a landscape painter and as a painter of human narratives particularly the under represented and those experiences hidden in pain sight.
Landscape: I live in the most wonderful place to be a painter next to the River Dart between the stunning coastline and the amazing expanse of the open landscape of Dartmoor. I have always painted but since moving to Devon fifteen years ago two factors influenced the nature of my work by changing my relationship with the landscape. I have become a dog owner of two rather enthusiastic lurchers as well spending many hours on the Dart in a small boat.
Human Narrative : My current work 'An Ocean Apart' explores the experiences of migration focussing on the historic journey that the passengers on the Mayflower undertook and the many parallels with all peoples in transition.
Previously in 'Justice Lets Face It I sought to understand vulnerability in all involved in the criminal justice system . That vulnerability is not just pertinent to those who have been victims of crime but to all who work in it or are impacted by it.
'Who do I think I Am' was a response in painting to a note book found on the day after my mother died in which she had described her early child hood memories. My mother had 'reinvented herself leaving a very deprived and certainly at times un-happy childhood in the North East of England and had rarely spoken of her early life. The note book was catalyst to begin a journey of discovery and expression of my unspoken of family history.
I have shown widely throughout the South West, exhibiting in both solo and group shows. I have recently had work accepted by the Society of Woman Artists and the Royal West of England Academy.