I always drew or painted with watercolours as a child and loved any type of stationery or art shop. My Father painted as a hobby and his Father before him, with my Mother being secretary to Dame Elisabeth Frink in the 1980's, whose work I have always greatly admired.
My love of painting and drawing really began in my early twenties following my initial travels through India and South East Asia. This re-awakened memories from my time based in Egypt as a child with the foreign cultures, dry heat, little moments and vivid colours providing the catalysts to fuel my inspiration and further my creative journey. My love affair with animals began at an early age whilst riding horses in the Sahara or making friends with camels at The Pyramids!
Governed by mood and emotion I try to capture a flash of colour, a brief moment, a memory from a distant land, a sense of place, a feeling, atmosphere or expression and find myself subconsciously immersed in a whole new world whether I am working on a canvas or an illustrative drawing. Being the daughter of a sailor I have always felt most at home on or near the sea, which often has become a feature in my paintings.
I completed a Foundation in Art at the Hotbath Gallery, Bath College in 1998 and have exhibited and sold work in the West Country, East Anglia and abroad as well as completing a number of private commissions.
Between 1999 and 2013 I was based in Suffolk where I co-established an artists cooperative, White Spirit Arts which provided a platform for emerging artists to market and exhibit their works through pop up group shows in the East Anglian region. Between 2011 and 2013, I worked alongside the art dealer Caroline Wiseman at the Arthouse and Aldeburgh Beach Lookout based on Benjamin Britten's Aldeburgh Beach which provided me with valuable experience for which I am extremely grateful.
Life events resulted in my move to Dorset in 2014 and I am now permanently based overlooking the famous Chesil beach on the Isle of Portland. I am blessed to have unparalleled views, a fascinating history and dramatic coastline on my doorstep providing me with a vast array of visual stimuli and subject matter from which to work. I am passionate about nature, animal life and colour and recently have focused on sketching with pen and ink to produce illustrative gestural drawings and colourful splashes. Elements of these images are in turn scanned into the computer and digitally manipulated to create repeat surface patterns for use on fabric, paper and ceramics. I am in the process of creating my own unique product range for the home and apparel markets and am currently collating a pattern library available for license. An exciting new challenge!
On a daily basis I am both thankful and grateful to have a spot from my studio where I can watch the changing light and patterns of sea and sky over Lyme Bay and contemplate my own personal affinity to life's little moments and memories.
With many thanks for reading and please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in discussing future projects, a painting or a print.
1994 Group Show: Guggleton Arts, Stalbridge, Dorset.
1998 Foundation Show: Hotbath Gallery, Bath, Avon
1999 Works Show: Hotel Casa Blanca, Gaucin, Andalucía
2001 Works Show: The Castle, Framlingham, Suffolk
2009 Group Show: 'Drawing from a model' , Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2010 Profile published: Green Pebble , 'As the artist sees...East Anglian Places'
2010 Group Show: 'Little Moments', Old Printworks Gallery, Saxmundham
2011 Group Show: 'Enter the Spirit', Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
2012 Solo Show: CC chooses Jack B Yeats, Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, Suffolk
Group Show: 'Soul Perspective', Town Hall Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
Group Show: 'Limits of Expression', Coach Hse Coffee Shop, Brightlingsea, Essex
Group Show: 'The Big Picture', Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Group Show: 'Scattered Temperaments', Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
Group Show: 'Life Lines', Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2015 Studio & gallery: established Isle of Portland