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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I am primarily attracted to colour, texture and form, whether observing these through a lens or capturing a likeness in paint or textiles. I enjoy working in mixed media across different genre as I love to experiment with different subjects and styles. Currently, I am developing a series of animal paintings and I am thoroughly enjoying depicting the fine details and characters of the animals.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I am a life-long advocate of the arts and strongly believe that the arts should be available to all in order to enhance self-expression and develop different viewpoints on the world. As a practising artist and educator, this has been my main objective.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I would describe myself as a Fine Artist, although I have notable experience working in the mediums of photography and textiles.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

My background is in education. I hold fully qualified teacher status with over 25 years' experience of teaching in a range of educational settings. I have led several art departments as well as held roles as teacher-trainer and examination board moderator. I have recently relocated to Herefordshire to develop a studio and run a new business from this base. My business is named Backbury House Retreats and offers creative courses in painting, photography and creative mindfulness.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I achieved a BA (Hons) in fine art and textiles in 1993 from the University of East London. Following this, I went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Cambridge University in 1996. My first teaching role was as Head of Art at Hockerill Anglo-European College in Hertfordshire. My career as a successful art teacher and art department leader has spanned several decades now. Underpinning my teaching career, I have been a practising artist which, not only develops my own practice, but also informs my teaching roles.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Although I have regularly exhibited my work alongside my students in educational settings, I have not yet exhibited solo. Now that I have relocated to Herefordshire to open my own studio, I hope to achieve this goal regularly.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

In addition to the Herefordshire Art Week open studios event, all of my work is available to purchase through my website or by appointment at my studio. I am also available for private and public commissions as well as for private tuition.

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