I am interested in colour, texture, botanical structures, layers, changing light, lace like shapes and spaces. My inspiration comes from the natural environment: the plants and flowers of gardens, hedgerows and footpaths here in the South West, and the wide, open horizons of hills and coast, which change all the time according to season, weather and light. I also love the light, colour and flowers of the Mediterranean landscape, and these too feature in my collages. Following recent trips to Australia I have become fascinated by the plants and birds of that country, and these are now appearing in my work.
I was lucky enough to grow up with an amazing dressing up box full of beautiful old silk and lace dresses that my mother had collected while living and working in the Far and Middle East. I think this is where my love of textiles started. My mother was also an excellent dressmaker and taught me to use the sewing machine at quite a young age, so perhaps it is not surprising that my early career was in the clothing industry, in particular running my own business designing and manufacturing pure silk and cotton lingerie and nightwear, trimmed with hand cut Nottingham lace. I later completed a Degree in Textiles and Surface Pattern and spent fifteen years teaching Art and Design in Further and Higher Education. I now focus on my own work, exhibiting in the South West and further afield, and running workshops for interested groups.