Drawing has always played a big part of my life, as a child I spent many hours sketching members of my family and the pet dog and although my parents wanted me to go to art school, I didn’t consider making a career out of it and instead, had a variety of uninspiring jobs as a result. It wasn’t until I married and had children that I completed an A level in art & design at night school, this made me realise just how much I loved art. My career began in 1993 painting commissioned portraits which captured character and personality in pastel.
I moved to Cumbria in 2007 and the change in scenery has inspired me greatly. My favorite medium has always been soft pastels and my work quite realistic, but I now also enjoy experimenting with acrylic and mixed media and find this to be challenging and the results exciting.
I have always had a love of architecture and this has inspired me to paint in a distinctly quirky style. I was born in a Lancashire mill town where terraced houses are all identical. I noticed that in rural and coastal areas, the rows frequently include buildings of different periods and sizes, I find this intriguing and I love to accentuate their individuality and add character.