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I was born and bred in rural Sussex, where my family still live. Drawing and painting have always been an essential part of my life, something as necessary to me as reading a book is to other people. Although I studied Fine Art at school, a lack of confidence made me decide on History of Art for my B.A. Hons. After University I moved to London and ran an art gallery. Throughout this time I took classes in life drawing and the discipline of these classes kept me going until I had time to study in more depth.
In 1989 my husband and I moved to very rural Northumberland to live at his family home in Whitfield. When our children were old enough for school, I took up adult art classes and found an inspiring teacher who helped me regain my confidence. Gradually, as my family has grown up, I have been able to spend more and more time in my wonderful studio, a truly inspiring place in which to work. The Whitfield Estate is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and my studio looks out over a particularly special part of it – The Monk Wood – which once formed part of the ancient Caledonian Forest, covering most of Northern England and Scotland.
Education and employment
- 2000-2004 Hexham College Fine Art Course
- 1985-1988 Exhibitions Organiser
- 1982-1985 Art Gallery Administrator
- 1979-1981 Teacher London
- 1978-1979 PGCE London
- 1975-1978 Univeristy of East Anglia
Since 2012, gifts and some paintings shown regularly at Shows in Northumberland. See posts for details.
September 2015 – Mixed exhibition as part of art tour at Dennis Kilgallon gallery. Also as part of the big draw at Customs House South Shields.
August 2014 – Solo exhibition at 54 The Gallery London
April 2014 – solo exhibition at Allendale Forge Studios
July 2012- Solo Exhibition at 54 The Gallery Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London
April 2012- Solo Exhibition at the Forge Studios Allendale
2011- Group Exhibition, St Giles, Oxford
2010- Solo Exhibition, Pebbles, Allendale
2010- Solo Exhibition, Gallery 54, London W1
2009- Samling Foundation, Dilston
2009- Christmas Exhibition as part of the Art Tour
2009- Studio Summer Exhibition as part of the Art Tour
November 2008- Solo Exhibition at Pebbles Gallery, Allendale
October 2008- Mixed Exhibition at the Allendale Music and Arts week
2007 and 2008- Studio Exhibition, Whitfield Hall
2007- Mixed Exhibition at Burnlaw Centre, Whitfield
2006- Charity Exhibition, Whitfield Hall
2005- Mixed Exhibition at Hexham College and Queen’s Hall, Hexham
The Chelsea Arts Club Year Book 2015
Hexham Courant 2014
Living North Magazine 2011
The Artist Magazine 2010
Galleries magazine 2010
The Northumbrian 2009
Hexham Courant 2008, 2009
The Journal 2008
Private collections include: Smiths Gore, Whitfield First School and private clients from Northumberland, Berkshire, Sussex, London and the USA.