I grew up in London, and graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a first class degree in Cognitive Science and Psychology. After qualifying as a secondary teacher, I enjoyed teaching A Level Psychology for many years whilst simultaneously pursuing my passion for Art and Photography - finally returning to education part-time in order to fuse hobbies with career. For the past ten years I have taught Art and Photography, and have found it extremely rewarding to use my enthusiasm for art to help inspire students to create their own work.
The study and teaching of both Psychology and Art have fuelled a lifelong fascination with mental processes, perceptions, communication, emotions and human relationships. I am particularly interested in ambiguity, differing viewpoints and their affect on perception, the different processing styles of the left and right hemispheres of the human brain and mental health.
I feel strongly about the need for a compassionate, inclusive and collaborative society, and also in the power of art to support, enhance and communicate valuable ideas and encourage a philosophical approach.
I use a variety of media - I enjoy using vibrant inks and acrylic paints, and often incorporate metallic stitch, metallic paint or silver leaf. I also sometimes use photographic and digital processes. I like experimenting with non-traditional combinations of process and media - often exploiting an interchange between traditional and digital methods.