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I originally trained as a designer, graduating from Central St Martin's School of Art in 1993 with a BA (hons) in Fashion Design and printed textiles. After working in various areas of the fashion & textile design industry, a career break to raise my four children led me to rediscover the excitement of drawing & painting.
I hope that my work is both expressive & joyful - my flower paintings are an attempt to capture the burst of happiness that I always feel on finding an unexpected patch of wildflowers, or when a breeze sends a meadow dancing. I'm particularly inspired by the vivacious wildflowers, hardy heathland plants and big skies I see in the countryside around my home, and the powerful feeling of permanence and belonging that watching a familiar landscape through changing seasons can bring. I am also strongly influenced by memories of the flowers that my Grandad grew in his garden when I was a child, and the naive shapes that I often use are representative of this.
I also enjoy the immediacy of life drawing, usually working in layers of collage and mixed media on paper, or on canvas when time allows. My focus is on colour and atmosphere, concentrating on the play of warm and cold shadows across the body.