I studied Illustration at the University of Westminster and this is where I first developed my style. As part of our second year project we went on a trip to Venice. On our return I found that I couldn't evoke the texture and detail of the city's crumbling buildings with simple lines and flat colour, I started to tear paper, print paint from corrugated cardboard, add fabric and use a mixture of art materials.
This style continued throughout my degree with a series of large scale paintings based on the run-down East London streets (before it all got 'hipster'). For my final year project I decided to travel the country searching out dilapidated buildings in seaside towns, literally from Brighton to New Brighton. I particularly loved the hand-painted signage and typography that you find on fairgrounds, fortune-teller booth's and rock shops.
I loved painting and sold many of my degree pieces but life took over and I focussed on a career in Visual Merchandising instead, creating window displays and in-store mannequin installations for such illustrious companies as Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and the Arcadia Group.
Then in 2014 I decided to return to my artwork, inspired by a move to Brighton (and in having my life balance altered by the arrival of my children).
I took my camera out and started photographing the seafront, the arches, the pier, the chip shops, the ice-cream parlours...
- Nov 2014 - Nov 2015 Studio 45 Gallery, Brighton
- May 2015 The Claremont for Brighton Artist's Open House
- Dec 2015 The Claremont for Christmas Open House
- Feb 2016 io Gallery, Brighton
- Mar 2016 Dynamite Gallery, Brighton
- May 2016 Brighton Artist's Open Houses - The Coal Hole
- May 2017 Brighton Artist's Open Houses - The Coal Hole