My work is essentially optimistic, whether I’m painting a tree or a bouquet of flowers, the feelings I aim to convey are hope and happiness. Colour, light, and movement are what inspire me most. I originally trained as a designer (BA hons Fashion, Central St Martins 1993) and the influence of my love of textiles can be seen in my use of contrasting colours, texture and pattern. During the last year, collaging torn paper to create lively florals against bright backgrounds has replaced my usual life drawing collages, and being able to recycle old drawings and scrap papers into something new has proved to be an interesting new way of working. Watching the local landscape change through the seasons in all weathers has made me notice new and unexpected tree colours in different light, and I'm exploring the different effects, happy accidents and controlled corrosion of mixed media in the backgrounds of my tree paintings to create wilder skies. Drawing the human figure, trying to capture moments in time and changing light is an interest that has always run parallel to my other work. All my figure paintings are in mixed media, either quick, gestural drawings or multi-layered combinations of ink, paint, collage and resin. My original tree and floral paintings are available through art galleries and at Art Fairs throughout the UK and in Portugal. I also have a range of affordable printed work available from Whistlefish Galleries in SW England, and various other UK outlets, including John Lewis. My studio is always open to visitors by appointment, please get in touch if you'd like to visit.