Growing up, I loved drawing, painting, colouring and watching “Paint Along with Nancy”. When I wasn’t doing any of those, I was helping my mum with her sewing, knitting and crochet projects. I was about 11 when I received my first oil painting set, then a few years later I discovered the vibrant colours of acrylic paints.
I acquired an HND in illustration at Swindon School of Art, where I fell in love with linocut printmaking. I now combine this with the acrylic and tissue paper to produce multi-layered pieces. The nature of this process means that there are subtle differences in each piece, giving each a uniqueness and a degree of spontaneity. I start loosely with tissue paper, refine with the lino, and lastly pick out details with the paints whilst maintaining a balance between these 3 elements.
The odd commissioned portrait notwithstanding, I have spent the majority of the last 26 years working in retail, raising my children, and teaching art/supporting teachers as a TA, in primary school. I enjoyed all of these experiences, but I also knew that I wasn’t being true to myself.
My resolution is to continue where I left off, creating original artwork of subjects that makes me smile.