I paint, illustrate and paper-cut to create layered, sculptural landscapes and seascapes that are then housed in shadow box frames. I love exploring vignettes of all kinds and so as well as shadow-boxing, I take photos, I make tiny films, I paint very small canvases and I write flash fiction, poetry, short stories and monographs.
I was brought up in a small commuter town in the sprawl of suburbia, “urbia” and green that eventually becomes London if you follow it for long enough. I am one of the youngest in a large extended family and I grew up in a tribe of cousins, playing dens in dark undergrowth, wild in the back of long, English gardens.
I studied Modern History at the University of Oxford, married a songwriter and moved to Sheffield in the north of the UK where I worked as a project manager for a company that helped the city’s creatives to have more business nous. It was in Sheffield that I started to intentionally grow as an artist– painting and exhibiting, curating and getting involved in the participatory arts scene.
My husband and I moved to Austin in 2007 with our first baby to be part of a live/work space for artists. I have been greatly enriched by the inspirations and collaborations that I have been part of here; curating exhibitions; putting on and participating in art fairs; pursuing teaching opportunities; taking commissions; leading story-telling events and craft groups and taking part in numerous collaborative projects.