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 collage 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 such as a row of paint pots, the spindles of a chair back or a propped up easel. I rarely have the desire to create a realistic interpretation of the object, only to capture parts which interest me. For me, a line which is drawn from life often holds a certain sense of aliveness than one which is drawn from my imagination. I take the painted lines and work intuitively to draw connections that form organic shapes and compositions.

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

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