I am a woman artist practicing in North Yorkshire. I was born in Ilkley and have always considered Yorkshire the most beautiful place on earth even when living elsewhere.
I always thought I was going to be an artist, always wanted to be an artist but in my twenties I travelled and worked in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China and USA, spending more than five years away in total. The time spent away I was always looking at local art, visiting galleries and museums etc. Although it wasn’t until my return that I went to University. I graduated from Roehampton Institute (University of Surrey) in 2000 with a 2;1 degree in Art for Community. I studied Stained Glass, Ceramics, Photography and Drawing. I did get into Central St Martins MA in Professional Glass but instead moved back up to Yorkshire to start a family.
Now living in Harrogate, where I have worked in the community as art leader at a local Messy Church, ran art classes at Harrogate Ladies College, taught Stained Glass at Harrogate College and completed several domestic Stained Glass commissions.
During these twenty years in Harrogate I have slowly moved away from community art and been practicing my own painting techniques producing paintings for myself and selling them for charity at auctions. I am now 50 years of age and in my first year of an MA Creative Practice with the Open University/Harrogate College/Leeds City College.
I enjoy painting with oils on canvas, I love the smell and it is a blessing that they take so long to dry. Being able to rework a painting the next morning with fresh ideas and energy is something I love to do. I experiment with pattern and texture and now with portraiture and landscape from my local area. My paintings are an emotional response to the way I am feeling whilst painting. In portraiture it could be the attitude of the sitter, the relationship between us and my emotional feeling towards them. When I am painting a Landscape I am responding to my emotions and memories of a place, there has to be a reason for me to paint a particular spot and a story to tell.
I subconsciously make the marks by using a brush, or a piece of card, I scratch the surface away and start again, working in the surface. I sometimes leave this effect as it adds texture and obscures the blocks of colour I use.
My MA is pushing me to question my work and experiment with different styles and techniques.