I trained as a textile designer and believe this training has greatly influenced my work, especially in my use of colour and composition. I use acrylics, watercolour and dye to create bold and vivid images; using other media such as papers, fabric to add depth and texture. I record from a range of subject matter such as landscapes, both rural and urban scenes enjoying the juxtaposition of new and old, natural and synthetic, still life and figurative. When considering what to record I am looking for captivating compositions which draw your eye through the painting, breaking down elements into patterns, leading your eye from one object to the next. Pattern is important in my work, whether painting a still life or urban landscape, and this harks back to my training as a textile designer.
My work is focusing more on my observations of people going around their everyday activities. Some of them do not feature a figure but their mark has been left, or a collection of objects which give clues to the owner.
I am a member of Peak District Artisans and have had three articles about my inspiration and use of materials published in ‘The Artist magazine’ in 2015 and 2016.