I am based in Lancaster, Lancashire, surrounded by old textiles mills, a lovely castle, views of the sea and the fells of the nearby Lake District. In 2002, I graduated from Edinburgh with a Fine Art MA (Hons) degree. My course, a five year programme, allowed me to train as a painter at Edinburgh College of Art and as an art historian at the University of Edinburgh. The degree programme covered lots of life drawing, anatomy, printmaking and professional practice for artists. At the University, I studied both Western and non-Western arts including Chinese and Islamic art - Persian miniature paintings became a personal favourite and where I still look to for inspiration and solutions. After graduation, I worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London, for eight and a half years, where the collections fed my love of history, art and design.
In 2010, I focused on creative output and started to re-train in print and pattern. With new skills in screen printing for textiles, pattern design, CAD (computer aided design), I have since made work and products for fairs, galleries and to commission.
I go to a variety of sources for inspiration - museum collections, history, exhibitions, books, poetry, music, the natural world ..anything and everything is interesting.. but I've found travel to be one of the richest for brewing up lots of new ideas. I travel as much as possible and have enjoyed visiting Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt and Kenya, soaking up as much imagery and colour as possible.