Growing up near the North East coast, I am inspired by seascapes both real and imagined. I am drawn to forgotten worlds and the mythical where the possibility of magic lies. My work is playful; sea monsters and sailing ships emerge from layers of colour, pattern and texture to create something which is reminiscent of the past or somewhere else entirely. I seek out old atlases, maps and stamps to use in my work combining collage, print and drawing to bring new life and meaning to these beautiful, redundant items.
I have a Textiles degree and worked as a designer of fair trade fashion, soft furnishings and buttons as well as a self-employed shop owner before training to teach Art. I currently lead an Art team in a local secondary school, work with trainee teachers and deliver workshops.