BIOGRAPHY

I was born in Ipswich and brought up in Bawdsey, Suffolk.

 

Always following my love for art and being inspired by the rugged Suffolk coastline.

I returned to Bawdsey after completing my degree at Loughborough University, Leicestershire in Fine Art Printmaking and converted an outhouse in the garden to a fully functional studio space and became involved with Suffolk Open Studios to allow the public to access my artwork first hand.

I have exhibited extensively over Suffolk and beyond and am active in the promotion of my own art work as well as being a teacher of art with High School students.

My own inspiration comes from the memories and emotions that are drawn from me when immersed in the environments of the East Anglian Coast but also through extensive knowledge of other artists such as Tacita Dean and Terry Setch.

MEMORY BOXES

My latest series of works are part of a long running theme in my art based on my memory boxes started in earnest in 2000. These pieces are a continuation of my investigations on the theme of ‘re-memory’ and are based on the life time of memories and experiences predominantly with my family in our sea side home of Bawdsey on the Suffolk coast. 

 
Beach combing and collecting has always been a shared passion in my family and the hoarder element of my late father’s personality finds a comfortable home in my psyche. I had an enriching and cherished childhood and in the raising of my own child the glimpses of the wonderful experiences I had are re-remembered. 

 
In these boxes I aim to encapsulate the feelings and teachings of my childhood, not just to pass on but to also preserve, with the theme of nature and the coast at the forefront of the imagery.

 

Inspired by Joseph Cornell, Susan Hillier and a wealth of local Suffolk Artists that I have had the pleasure to witness working throughout my life.

Currently a member and former Chair of Suffolk Open Studios, teaching art in Suffolk, and Treasurer of Association of Suffolk Art Teachers.

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