Colour is vital to me. I use paints, inks, dyes and pure pigments to build up intense and glowing but (I hope) subtle colours. Many of my pieces are made on my own hand-cast cotton paper which offers a seductive texture to work on, and can be moulded and manipulated.
I constantly experiment with materials and techniques, juxtaposing throwaway or reclaimed materials with costly ones such as pure pigments and gold and silver leaf. I often make art out of, or about, things other people throw away – the detritus of life. So long as it doesn’t rot, fade or rub off I’ll consider it.
I spent much of my early childhood in Germany and Africa – where I read every book on my parents’ shelves, loved the patterns and colours all round me and learned to make lino-cuts.
We returned to a dark rainy London where I was befriended at school by an inspirational, kindly art teacher, Meriel Cardew (wife of the potter Michael). I had singing lessons next door at the Guildhall School of Music. But I was firmly steered into an academic path by school and parents and became a university lecturer on medieval French literature (wonderful, by the way) though I never stopped trying to make art.
I finally turned seriously to art in the mid-90s, after courses in Art and Design, Textiles and Ceramics at Newark and Sherwood College. I won a prize which to my horror involved creating a mural 8’x24’ for a local firm! My City and Guilds design work was then shortlisted for a medal, which gave me confidence to continue. My first solo show soon followed and I have been exhibiting and selling work ever since.
I’ve shown work all over the UK, with many solo exhibitions in private and public galleries. I’ve undertaken commissions, workshops and projects and talks. I’ve helped to run Open Studio schemes and now take part in the Brighton Festival. I regularly show work at the Affordable and other Art Fairs. My work is in private and public collections all over the world.