A little bit about me...
As far back as I can remember I have been painting. Although my portfolio is varied with over 20 years of creative works I have a natural inclination for portraiture. I completed a Bachelor of Education in Art and Design with Honours at the University of Plymouth, England in the early 90’s.
I moved to New Zealand with my husband in 1996 and back into the art world but as a teacher this time. I taught art at Raglan Area School and Fairfield Intermediate, Hamilton before taking a break to raise my young family.
In 2000 I returned to education, teaching students with Special Educational Needs and then in an advisory role with the Ministry of Education, Special Education whilst studying for my Graduate Diploma of Arts, majoring in Psychology.
Over the next ten years I painted whenever I could with an art studio set up in any available space in our home. I exhibited in Cambridge and in the Aotea Centre, Auckland.
I now live in New Plymouth, with its thriving art community. Recently I have shown pieces at the St. Josephs School Art Auction and Real TArt Community Gallery.
In 2010 friends and family finally convinced me that I needed to put more time into painting so I started back into it working on a collection of water coloured portraits which I exhibited in Real TArt. Most of my previous works had been large scale oils, portraits, narrative pieces or abstract works so working with water colours was an exciting change for me.
After a successful 2012 solo show at Real TArt Gallery I have been expanding my skill base and have recently been experimenting with intaglio and dry point etching which I am finding extremely rewarding.
I have a few small projects on the go at the moment and I am looking forward to taking part in The 100 Days Project - https://www.facebook.com/100daysproject - which starts in May!!
I paint and draw what and who I see around me. I love the colour and unchecked expression of children and their artwork and as a Mum and Aunty I seem to have a never ending supply of inspiration which is wonderful!!!