I studied GCSE and A level art at school but then got married and had my sons only returning to college in my fifties when I did a part time Art Foundation course followed by HND Fine Art at Salisbury College. Drawing and painting have always been an important part of my life from a very early age. I have tried many techniques and media over the years including hand painting teeshirts for my sons when they were children. As the years have gone by I have realized that it is colour and texture that draw me most and give me the greatest delight. The countryside around me here in Dorset informs my work with its forms and colours. As a mixed media artist I use a variety of papers, textile fragments and recycled materials combined with washes of acrylic paint and inks to create landscapes real or imagined. Most recently, I have washed warm shades over a sheet of watercolour paper and then added torn strips of papers and lace to creat a landscape allowing it to grow organically as I add more layers. At the start of a piece I do not know how it will end up. This creative process energises and excites me and creates very a different style to my previous work.
Making art has got me through when nothing else can. It is totally absorbing and healing in its creation.