I am a mixed media artist, working mainly in acrylic and collage. I have a particular fondness for 1970s craft magazines, and this is where the collage element of my work largely comes from. I cannot resist shine and sparkle and mess, and all of these things are liberally applied to my work wherever possible.
My paintings consist of many many layers. I start with a vague idea of how I want the piece to look, apply a base layer, then slowly build the painting up, with pen, collage, and more and more splashes of paint until I get a sense that the painting is finished. The process takes week, sometimes months, and in most cases the finished piece bears no resemblance to my original idea.
The seaside will always play a large part in my art. It is where I grew up and where I live now. I enjoy the beauty of an unspoilt sea view, but there's also a big place in my heart for a world full of slot machines and fairground rides, chips in newspaper and naughty seagulls.
I like my work to contain questions, hidden stories, and a generous dollop of artistic license. More recently I've been thinking about everyone that was here before us - how we occupy the same spaces, possibly even at the same time - and how these shadows interact with us as we go about our daily lives.
I studied Fine Art at the University of Sunderland and have been drawing ever since, squeezing a museum career in between. I live on the Kent coast with my husband, daughter, a brainless dog and some chickens that don't lay eggs.