I grew up in Esh, a small rural village on top of a hill just outside the historic city of Durham in the northeast of England. My family inspired me creatively from an early age. My grandma was a keen painter and sold her paintings at the local country fayres. My father also has a passion for art, painting regularly and dragging me (thankfully) to lots of galleries as a child.
I studied fine art sculpture at the University of Northumbria from 95-98 but after leaving I struggled to continue my practise to any serious degree, Life took over.
Since 2009 I've been working with Tom my husband, at Nice Media, our video production business. And in 2010 was blessed to become a mother. We now have two amazing boys who are growing up fast.
In January 2020 after visiting an inspiring Lucian Freud's portrait exhibition at the Royal Academy I felt compelled to start painting after a break of over 20 years.
I believe in the power of art. Art can give us a connection to people and places, to memories, to feelings. Art can lift one’s spirits and evoke powerful emotional responses. Art is an essential element of life.
I am based in Brighton, a wonderfully creative city on the south coast of England.