After graduating with a Fine Art Degree specialising in painting, I undertook a PGCE in Art Education and went on to teach Art, Design and Textiles in secondary education for 20 years. This brought me so much joy, fulfillment and huge inspiration from my fabulous and fantastically creative students. I have recently made the move away from teaching in order to concentrate on the development of my own professional art practice. Although I have been involved in art in one way or another all my life (my father was an artist and I inherited his handmade easel which I still treasure and use) I consider myself to be an emerging artist.
Whilst originating from the North East, I have also lived and worked in the South West for a large part of my life. I taught in Salisbury and Bristol and lived on the Dorset/Somerset border. Prior to becoming a teacher, I also lived and worked in Exeter, and Mid Devon. I often had to pinch myself for being able to work and live in such a beautiful part of the country. In the past, my visits to the South West were usually done during school holidays, however, I now intend to spend a great deal more time exploring the magnificent coastal areas and glorious landscapes of this region!