I feel I am always learning something new which guides and promotes ways of expression. What I feel and what I know and what I want to say to the world comes through my hands. For many years craft skills from my childhood seemed enough, knitting a jumper, sewing a quilt, throwing a pot, painting a stilllife and such like and then I wanted more ways to release the thoughts and feelings that raced through my head. I returned to education in 1997 and learn printing, painting, drawing, ceramics and art history at our local college, and then I could not stop.
As a child there was much time spent with the family being creative. My father, a doctor was a truly gifted artist and musician. He painted from life, landscapes and people, he expressed his love of life with clay and sculpting with cardboard and paper mache. We visited galleries in the UK and France, at the age of six in Le Louvre I fell in love with Monet and his huge paintings of Water lillies. My father introduced me to all the great Masters and they have stayed with me all of my life, and he has too as I continue imagining and expressing myself with different materials and in different ways. My mother the best of homemakers the world could wish for taught me the skills of sewing, knitting, baking, cooking, cleaning, design and appreciation of beautiful fabrics and fashion design. On leaving school I followed my heart and went to study PE and Art at I M Marsh PE College in Liverpool. I taught for a few years, married and had a family.
I completed a BA Degree in Design and Surface Pattern in 2000 at UCLAN at the age of forty, wife and mother of five teanage children. Here I learnt about contemporary art and worked alongside other creative people and the most amazing thing was the oportunity to work with glass. My disertation was ‘Hand to Hand’ reflecting on the history of the chalice. The ideas I produced at this time grew from the many hours each day I spent washing and ironing clothes in the role of mother and homemaker. My laundry became the place to think and to plan, my sketches and notes covered the walls and hung from the clothes rack. Ironing became art and art became my friend, I was part of many rituals.
When I finished at university I opened an art gallery in my home town, Lytham.The ‘artlounge’ grew with exhibitions, art and craft classes and community and school projects and during this time I sold my own work, and the work of over 180 other artists.
In 2010 I returned to UCLAN and completed a Masters Degree in Design and Ceramics my exhibition pieces were mostly ceramic, with some inclusion of glass. The title of my disertation was, ‘Is there Spirit in art and if so is devotion needed to realize this presence? How does this relate to my own creative practice.
In first seeking success in the world of art I studied and investigated form and surface through drawing and learning techniques to manipulate and create with glass, clay and stone. Light and shadow, colour and surface continuously play on my mind encouraging forms to emerge. The heart of my creative endeavours are bound in, knowledge, truth and the joy of making.
My first collection of glass pieces produced in 2011 titled ‘Garden Series’ has been exhibited and sold in Galerie Atelier 25 in Chinon, the Loire Valley, France. My latest collection for 2014 are reflections of the Sea and my travels by ship to Asia.
I also enjoy carving sculptures in stone and when possible I use clay as my medium of expression, writing and studying go hand in hand with all these endevours.