My inspiration

I've always been inspired by strong light and snapshots of people in their everyday life. I get particularly lit up when the two are put together and silhouettes of figures become evocative images that hint at a story beneath the surface. 


There's so much to be found in the little moments and I want to capture the feeling in a scene - warmth, hope, nostalgia - whether it be in the connection between people or in quiet quality time spent alone.

Life is not always easy, as such I'm also drawn to melancholy, like a beautiful song in a minor key. A solitary figure looking pensive or an old lady carrying her shopping can really tug on my heartstrings and I want to translate that into paint. I hope you enjoy looking at my paintings and that some of them pull on your heartstrings too.

A bit of my story
  • I studied Fine Art Painting at Cheltenham College of Art and have a 2:1 BA Hons Degree.

  • I did a post-graduate in acting at Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and, for about ten years, the two careers of art and acting went hand in hand.  There were a few years when painting wasn't forefront of my mind but I saw it as the faithful partner that would always be there and, whenever I came back to it, there it was waiting patiently for me to pick up my brush again. 

  • I live in the UK with my husband and two children in Haslemere, a little town in deepest Surrey, 40 miles south of London.

  • My studio is in the loft and I enjoy my commute up the wooden ladder each day.

  • I illustrated the book Drawn From the Well by Salema Cornick, more about that here

  • I love all things vintage, typewriters, record players, lindy hop dancing and 1940's music.

  • But most of all, I love painting.

  • If you're interested, here is my CV.

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