Art was part of my life from an early age. It was what I was best at and at home I was surrounded by colour. Though neither of my parents are painters, my father displayed art on almost every wall and my mother was a fantastic seamstress. I grew up loving impressionist and post impressionist painting - not in an intellectual sense - purely an attraction to the magical light conveyed in layers of colour - the beauty in the everyday then - which looks lavish and romantic to our eyes now.
After leaving art college in Kingston Upon Thames, I spent over many years illustrating greeting cards: working for a few years as an in house Christmas artist for International Greetings and subsequently many different publishers as a freelance artist. The first book I illustrated was Molly Maran and the Fox by Ladybird Books and I was commissioned to create decorative and fiction illustrations for a different magazines and contributed to a couple of Dorling Kindersley books on how to paint - among other singular commissions - like 52 paintings for a workplace information video in the early 1990s! After my son was born I moved away from South London to Norfolk and had a daughter just over a year later; then I began designing and making gifts for families and was spotted by Notonthehighstreet.com, opening a shop there in 2009.
Now I produce my own wrapping paper and card designs too. I teach on line via Skillshare and have plans to run painting and lettering workshops locally in 2019. I have had one solo exhibition at the Garden House in Cromer and took part in Open Studios for the second time in 2018. Come and visit if you are in Norfolk in May next year!