After graduating from Camberwell School of Arts and crafts with a BA (Hons) in Painting, I gained a PGCE:AD and spent several years teaching.
Next, I worked full time as an artist exhibiting both in the UK and abroad, and was selected for one of the 1000 residencies across the country awarded by The Arts Council England in 2000.
From late 1998 I began to exhibit other artists’ work in my home. The organisation which I started, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, became a formal not-for-profit limited company in 2004 and a Charity in 2008 with myself as Artistic Director. I have a broad interest in the arts focused on the visual arts and education. At Fermynwoods we were particularly interested in engaging with the environment (both rural and urban) especially with our Forestry Commission partnership, as well as current agendas in our locality. This was achieved through exhibitions, education programmes, residencies and outreach community projects. After a fulfilling 11 years, I resigned from Fermynwoods and for a while worked independently. In 2011 I initiated and led the community arts charity, Deep Roots Tall Trees (DRTT) with jazz singer Barb Jungr, for the next seven years. DRTT led projects including a concert at Corby’s Football ground with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, OUR WOODS – a festival of over 40 events celebrating Corby’s wonderful urban woodlands through music, dance, light, the arts, history and woodland management. I have also been a Trustee of The Core in Corby and NAMT (Northamptonshire Theatres) and an observer on the Groundworks Northamptonshire board.
Currently I am a textile artist; my work is based around using my own alpaca fleece. I am a Trustee of MOTUS Dancetheatre in Milton Keynes and regularly support dance, opera and visual arts events. I am passionate about the environment, taking part in dancetheatre, gardening and looking after all our animals.