Welcome to my website, I hope you find my work beautiful, detailed and full of the pleasures and joys of wildlife. Here is a little about me and my art journey.
At the age of fourteen, I was ill and I struggled for years with my health. The experience shaped my life decisions and my relationship with art. I remember clearly finding out I didn't have cancer, the whole experience had been overwhelming, but stepping outside into nature I was overrun with how completely and utterly beautiful it was. It gripped me in its hands and has never let go. It was a huge turning point in my life, helping me to see things clearly, what was important to me and how I wanted to live my life. It was the start of me as an artist, I wanted to capture the beauty that I saw in nature and show it to the rest of the world, so you could also see the hope and joy wildlife can bring.
My art developed from formal training in Costume design (BA Hons in Costume with Performance Design, AUCB), where I pursued an interest in artistic costume, graduating with first class honours. My decision to become an artist didn't start until I met an external examiner (who has been a textile artist for many years) in the last month of university, who was to give me advice that would change my life. Following this I moved to Cornwall (having previously lived in the New Forest) and set myself up as a textile artist, to develop my style and start my artist career.
Today you will often find me wandering the Cornish countryside, overseeing with a keen eye mother nature at her finest, snapping and sketching the characteristics of all kinds of creatures. From the smallest insect hiding in the warmth of the long grass, to the vast landscapes that cover the horizon. I will go to lengths to find inspiration, which often finds me kayaking on the River Tamar, which can be tricky to keep the kayak steady, whilst sketching and not get wet! Though I truly believe that my best works are those evoked through memories and from real experiences that I integrate into my art and bring back to my studio.
I use a wide range of textile techniques to create wildlife art, the main being relief thread-painting. My art captures and concept
ually emulates aspects of nature that I have found beautiful. This beauty serves as a remind of the fragility of the natural world and how we should endeavour to preserve it.
I hope you can see my true passion for wildlife textile art and I wish to share wildlife’s infinite joy with you.
Current galleries that exhibit my work:
I am a member of 'Drawn To The Valley' and the 'Textiles and Embroidery Guild' . I exhibit my work at the 'Ebenezer Gallery' in Polperro, Cornwall and 'Cotehele Gallery' (National Trust).
My past portfolio includes exhibiting in "The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery", Pall Mall, London, the 'World of Wearable Art Museum'' in New Zealand and the "World of Wearable Art Awards Show" judged by Weta Workshops. I have also made artistic costumes for Bury St Edmand Theatre Royal production of Rupunsal and the Rascal Prince, Weymouth Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2012 and a number of costumes for both film and theatre.