I am an abstract artist living in Buxton where I have my studio.
Art began for me with ceramics in school. The pottery room was a refuge and a place to go and immerse myself in exploring clay. Baking hot in summer with the kiln on and freezing cold in winter with ice on the buckets. A hugely important self-affirming experience of creativity.
Life took me in other directions for several years. A career in business and marketing. Training to become a psychotherapist and then a trainer and supervisor of other therapists. In some ways I consider the training to be a therapist was my art education as well. Not for techniques but for being able to deconstruct and make sense of my experience, explore my inner world and know my own mind to express it creatively.
It was also what led me back to art and the need for more creativity. My initial forays back into the world of art came in the form of impressionistic oil paintings of landscapes. I have always had a strong connection to nature, walking where I live and enjoy the connection to the landscape. This exploration lasted for a few years with an increasing interest in finding my authentic voice as my work became more abstract, less about external references and more driven by internal imagery.
In developing as an artist I have undertaken international workshops with a variety of artists. I have explored new techniques and materials through reading. I have attended a weekly international Critical Discussion Group for 12 months.