Having graduated with a 1st class degree in Psychology (Bristol University), I joined a graduate-training scheme in a London advertising agency. I spent 10 years from 1976 at Saatchi and Saatchi, rising to board level and running a large client service group. By 1991 I was running the London office of a multi-national advertising agency. After the birth of my third child, I became a joint partner in a strategic communications and issues research business.
By 2001, the conflicting demands of career, home and three pre-pubescent children were no longer reconcilable. I gave up work, relocated to the Yorkshire Dales and finally I allowed myself to discover my creative side. I started studying and making ceramics, later undertaking a Foundation Course at a local college. After walking the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 2003, I realised that I wanted to focus on life painting. I have taken classes with several artists, locally, in London, Spain and France, to whom I owe much.
My paintings reflect my sense of the essential nature of the people and landscapes that attract me with their individuality and natural beauty.
My passion is celebrating the human landscape in all its conditions; particularly women, their body image and the woman within. I use professional life models, but prefer to ask ordinary women (and men) to sit for me.
The process provides an arena for quiet discussion where there is no judgement and we celebrate that person’s beauty and acknowledge their individual attractiveness. Modelling becomes a form of healing. I try and capture each person's inner and outer beauty and the values and personality that make them shine uniquely.
Exhibitions and Awards
May/June 2009: Hill House Gallery, Middleham, North Yorkshire
November 2009: Air Gallery, Dover Street, London
June 2010: North Yorkshire Open Studios
June 2011: Special recommendation: Light TimeSpace online gallery
April 2013: Cracoe Art Group exhibition, Grassington
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