'Dreaming of Oceans' oil  on canvas 72dpi (2)

My parents didn’t want me to be an artist. It wasn’t a proper job. Therefore it was  many years later, as a mature student, that I eventually began a Foundation year at art college, there to be seduced by photography. A professional snapper from 1987, my work was largely in theatre, where I was already involved in artistic production. Such influences fed into the  type of pieces I produced for exhibition: all generated in my darkroom, some multi-layered and embellished and often printed on production materials from wardrobe. I was ‘Photographer-in-Residence’ for a year at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, exhibiting there several times, and also toured with one  production  company  to document their work. I would have continued as a happy snapper had I not, in 1997, suffered a spinal trauma, resulting in an abrupt ‘retirement.’

Three years later, with medical approval, I began a part-time C&Gs Ceramics course -marvellously supported by tutors- who, when I passed, encouraged me to do a Fine Art HND, which I completed in 2005. The course allowed me to paint, discover new printmaking techniques, continue with fine-art ceramics and get to grips with the emerging digital photography and Photoshop software. From being an ardent, process-obsessed traditionalist, I came to love my digital Canon.

I began exhibiting and was invited to join INWAA  (The International Women Artists Association.GB) and did a spell as their Press Officer. In 2006, I became a founder member, with Sheffield Open Studios’ Sharon Gill, of a new contemporary group of women artists, eveArt.  With the emergence of the ‘Arts in Health’ field, I was commissioned in 2008 to produce a body of work for exhibition at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield to launch their new Arts initiative. Titled ‘Pain’tings’ it examined, through personal experience, how immersing yourself in artistic practice can help manage pain, disability and depression. This led to several speaking engagements at a number of health professionals’ conferences. Throughout this time I continued to study printmaking with the wonderfully supportive  Peter York at his Sheffield workshop.

In 2011, after more than 30 years in Sheffield, we moved to the North Norfolk coast, where I began to make art under a new set of influences. I’m a member of NOVA (North Norfolk Organisation for Visual Artists), and am a professional member of the SAA. I exhibit locally and participate in the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios programme (NNOS).

Please visit the Contact page if you are interested in purchasing any of my work or have any questions about it. If you are coming to Norfolk, work can also be viewed in the studio by prior appointment.

Selected Exhibitions & Work

  • 1992: Traditional Landscape Photography, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.
  • 1994: Commission: The Absolute Nobodies Company: imagery for theatrical touring production.
  • Solo    Exhibition – ‘Performance’, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Sponsored by       Harrison Photographic.
  • 1994-5: Commission: Sheffield Theatres & Sheffield Hallam University. Documentary imagery. A new Director’s first year & the theatre’s role in the community.
  • 1996: Solo exhibition, ‘Different Stages’, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Sponsored by Sheffield Theatres Trust & Sheffield Hallam University 
  • 2004: ‘Broad Brush Exhibition’, Clock Tower Gallery, Sheffield.
  • 2005: ‘Autumn Show’ INWAA, G.B.  Merlin Theatre Gallery, Sheffield.
  • ‘What turns me on’ INWAA, G.B. The Workstation, Sheffield.
  • 2006: ‘Natural Selection’, eveArt, Tonic Artspace, Leeds.
  • 2007: ‘Pink’, eveArt , Winter Gardens, Sheffield.
  • ‘Allotments’, Harrington Mills, Long Eaton + Touring.
  • 2008: Commission, triptych for Hallamshire Physiotherapy.
  • 2009: Solo Exhibition, ‘Pain’tings’ Clock Tower Gallery, Sheffield. Sponsored by    Hallamshire Physiotherapy 
  • Solo Exhibition, ‘Corals & Sponges, Beaches & Boats’  Hallamshire Clinic, Sheffield.
  • 2011:  NOVA, Garden House  Gallery, Cromer.
  • NOVA, Arterie Gallery, Cromer.
  • NOVA, Worstead Festival, Norfolk.
  • NOVA, Coast Festival, Cromer.
  • 2012: NOVA, Worstead Festival, Norfolk.
  • NOVA, Coast Festival, Cromer.
  • 2013: ‘NOVA at The Priory’, Priory Maze Gardens, Sheringham, Norfolk.  All season.
  • ‘Open Studios Taster Exhibition’, The Atrium, North Walsham.
  • ‘Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios’ May- June.
  • NOVA, Worstead Festival, Norfolk.
  • 2014: ‘NOVA at The Priory’, Priory Maze Gardens, Sheringham, Norfolk . All season.
  • ‘Open Studios Taster’, The Atrium, North Walsham.
  • ‘Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios’  May – June.
  • Guest Exhibitor Hobart Gallery, Blickling Hall, Norfolk. July – Aug.
  • Hempstead Arts, Hempstead Village Hall, Nr. Holt, Norfolk -Sept.
  • NOVA,  Autumn show, The Atrium, North Walsham, Norfolk – Sept
  • NOVA, COAST Arts Festival, Priory Maze Gardens , Oct.
  • 2016: Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios May-June
  • 2017: Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, NOVA Group Show, Thorpe Market
  • Garden House Gallery, Cromer
  • Salthouse Church, Salthouse, Norfolk
  • Blickling Hall, Norfolk
  • Riverside Art & Glass Gallery, Wroxham, Norfolk