After 35 years working in dispute resolution, I am now focussing on developing my art. My work uses a range of mixed media techniques, combining textiles (found fabrics, traditional embroidery and contemporary textile techniques), printing, painting and the written word.
My pieces are often inspired by narratives relating to the inter-connectedness of nature/the natural world, history and folklore – a world seen from the perspective of below, of the tiny and transient, the easily-overlooked. Old books and poetry provide a rich source of inspiration through their language, typeface, paper. The resulting art works are typically small and intricate pieces capturing a thought, a mood, an event or a story. My employment background focussed on understanding, teasing out and reconciling multiple conflicting perspectives; that sense of tension, inherent difference, boundaries and the potential for harmony remain relevant and engaging interests in my work.
Although at an early point in my artist’s career I have exhibited work with the Hertford Art Society, Courtyard Arts, International Feltmakers' Association, HVA Textile Group and the Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies Threads of Time I and II projects. I am a published poet having had a number of poems reproduced in national poetry journals and anthologies.