I trained in Textile Design and have always enjoyed discovering the endless possibilities of combining different materials. Using mixed media gives me the freedom to be creative and to experiment, finding different ways to explore and express my love of the colours and textures in nature and the beauty of the countryside. I paint with acrylics on paper, canvas or wooden boards and move the wet paint around energetically using a variety of things such as sprays, spatulas, rollers or whatever is to hand to create a decorative background. I draw shapes and forms with pencil, ink or paint, and then add combinations of paint, decorated papers, fabrics and threads to create colour, pattern, and texture. In addition to painting and collage, I also make colourful merino wool felt fabrics which I sew into small brooches and gifts decorated with machine embroidery, tweeds, vintage fabrics and buttons. I enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air or being by the sea, and particularly love wide open landscapes, bunches of fresh flowers in colourful pots, little birds hopping around in my garden, and long walks in the fields and countryside surrounding my home. I am always inspired by the seasonal colours and changes in nature and take lots of photos and record new ideas in my sketchbooks.