July Open Studios
Born in Suffolk and educated at Cambridge University and Goldsmith's College, University of London, I have spent more than three decades both teaching and practising art. I have exhibited throughout East Anglia and London as well as in Toronto, Canada where I spent a year working in a printmaking studio. I have work in private collections as far apart as Mexico, Pakistan, Venice and Canada.
Initially I trained as a printmaker with a focus on screen printing. I developed my great interest in painting on silk when inspired by an exhibition in Crantock in Cornwall. The embroidery aspect of my work resulted from a trip to the renowned craft centre in Ruthin in North Wales.
I have undertaken many commissioned pieces of work, including silk paintings, screen prints, murals and a public art sculpture at Eden Court in Adam and Eve Street in Cambridge.
Influences include Matisse, O'Keefe, Klee, Braque and Caulfield. I have a strong interest in medieval paintings and tapestries and in Egyptian tomb painting. These influences show in a love of strong line, balanced composition and saturated colour.
Wildlife, and in particular birds and plants are an ongoing inspiration as is the discipline of still life drawing.