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Meet the artist

Creating art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

Sewing was my first love and being curled up on the sofa with a cross-stitch kit is a pleasant childhood memory! 

Painting was set aside after college when I co-founded a clothes making business but it soon returned when the desire came to express my thoughts and feelings in paint. Early works were filled with text and line drawings, I wasn't familiar with intuitive painting at the time but I instinctively knew that I was finding my direction.

My work is created through layers of paint, collage and textiles, returning to hand embroidery when I want to slow things down. 

I find interesting lines in everyday objects, vases and jars, spindles on a chair back or the trailing leaves from plants which fill my studio. I rarely have the desire to create a direct translation of the object, only to capture parts which interest me. For me, a line which is drawn from life holds a greater sense of aliveness than one which is drawn from my imagination.

I take the painted lines and work intuitively to draw connections, forming organic shapes and compositions.


Based at ARTHOUSE RETREAT STUDIO Southend-on-Sea, Essex (southeast coast UK).

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Podcasts + Interviews

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ART JUICE - Episode 168 / Finding Your Process

In this episode Louise Fletcher and I talk about our processes and I share snippets from my course '
CREATIVE SHIFT', a framework which helps artists to develop their own process for navigating shifts in their work.

Listen here


Hear about my studio practice and inspirations in this interview with Mexican artist Marily Torres 

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