I have been painting for as long as I can remember. I still have a scrapbook with collages from when I was five years old. Even then I clearly loved using colour and assembling materials and images.

Not a great deal has changed. Whenever I go into my studio it always makes me smile. Painting to me is time for myself in my own personal space; time to order the world. 

I work in an almost entirely intuitive way, building and erasing and making lots of mistakes until, hopefully, I come through with something that feels entirely mine. Repeated themes have run through my practice for many years now. Jugs, pots bowls, stones, boodie (fragments of pottery) things of no great financial value that become treasure for me.

I am Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sunderland University and I also run a print studio at the Art Studio Sunderland.


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