My work reflects the passion I have for the woods, hills and valleys of my local landscape on the edge of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. The year's seasonal cycle and the unpredictable British weather provide me with ever changing inspiration. The light on the land which creates shadow and reveals form and texture is especially noticeable during the winter months, my favourite time of year.
The geology, history and folklore of the area have influenced my work. The use of locally mined ochres and colours have enriched my palette, their subtle earthy tones combining well with the mixed media I employ.
Many aspects of landscape are symbolic or a metaphor for events experienced during a lifetime. Symbolism and pattern are recurring features in my art and textiles which help me to express visually the connection I feel towards nature and the landscape.
My sketchbooks which are used for recording visual information in varied media also contain developments and experiments and are an invaluable reference source for future work. I enjoy using basic fabrics such as calico, scrim, muslin and papers which can be transformed by paint, print, layering and stitch. Hand and machine stitch play an important part in defining images, creating movement and adding texture.
I continue to work and teach in my own studio as well as exhibiting in local galleries and also takes part in the Forest and Valley Open Studios scheme each July. Meeting and talking with artists from different backgrounds and demonstrating techniques to visitors is a satisfying way of sharing my love of art and textiles.
I am a member of the Embroiderers' Guild, the Forest Artists Network and Group Purple.