My paintings are developed from collages of my photographs. I like to think of my work as a bridge from this world to an unseen reality, or if that is too presumptuous, just to suggest a place which lies beyond, where this world is reflected in a partially recognisable state.
In my life I’m concerned with reaching beyond my limitations, embracing the unknown and self transcendence. My goal in my work is to “gaze upon mystery” every day, to surprise myself, open up new possibilities and to reach out to others from a rather solitary place.
I take a lot of photographs, often of water and reflections. I refer to these in my paintings and also use them as a basis for collage. Lately I have been reinterpreting the collage in paint, seeing how far I can develop the image.
I grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe. The beautiful natural environment I experienced as a child is one of the main inspirations in my work.
1976 BA Fine Art at the University of Cape town, South Africa
1977-78 studied Sufism in Jerusalem, which became a major influence. I met my husband to be in Jerusalem and returned with him to the UK. Raised three children
1994 full time practice and teaching in St Albans, exhibiting in Hertfordshire and London
2003 won the St Albans Open Awarded by University of Hertfordshire, received an Arts Council grant for solo exhibition Margaret Harvey Gallery, St. Albans
2008 MA Arts Practice Goldsmiths College, London, degree show work selected for Saatchi 4 New Sensations exhibition
2009 Moved to Luton, set up studio and teaching practice
2012 'Pareidolea' ,Solo exhibition Departure Lounge, Luton.
2013 Artist’s Access to Colleges, mentoring students and exhibiting at the University of Bedfordshire.
2017 Solo exhibition, “Cosmic Sigh” 2017, Storefront Gallery, Luton
2019 “Seeds of Change” group exhibition for reunion of class of 1976, Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town