At age 18 I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to study for one year of excellent arts training at The Principia College in Illinois, USA. I received a good grounding in traditional painting techniques, oil and watercolour, as well as life drawing (including anatomy) and colour theory. I still use this knowledge and these skills today.
I then studied in England and the Republic of Ireland and obtained a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art: the course included Art History, Theory, and concept. I subsequently exhibited in a variety of media.
I enjoyed returning again to mainstream education in 2000, and achieved a Master of Arts from London Guildhall University in 2001.
In my career I have been used my artistic ability in various disciplines. I have done graphic design and illustration for my employers in the charitable sector, and in horticulture. I worked in the arts sector in Bristol, and Bath, in the UK (The Arnolfini Gallery, and Contemporary Art at the International Bath Music Festival).
During this time I was proud to be making contemporary sculpture:
I did some casting and carving, but most of my work was modelled, firstly in wood and wire, and then covered with thick felt which I made myself. I sometimes embroidered these pieces. More of my Sculpture can be viewed here.
After my Masters I worked in London as a Digital Modeller, and Animator:
A pop video which I worked on can be viewed on Vimeo here. Below are some stills from it:
In 2005 I completed structured training to work as a gardener, a garden designer, and horticulturalist. I have designed gardens for various private clients, I also helped with a Gold winning Children’s Garden at Chelsea Flower Show in 2005, with Yalding Organic Gardens in Kent, UK.
I was fortunate to work at some of southern England’s most famous gardens: Chartwell, Sissinghurst, and Highgrove. I am often grateful that I was trained to do something to a high standard which I now happily do as a hobby; and my knowledge and interest in this area informs my artwork.
In 2009 I relocated to Oxford, where I returned to painting. I was inspired to draw my new young children, colouring with necessarily rapid watercolour:
This developed into quick paintings of many more things, often small, that I could fit into my life as a mother. After finding a dead grasshopper and a beautiful moth on the pavement while pushing the pram, I was hooked on insects!
I was helped out by the University of Oxford, see here in my blog!
In 2013 I relocated again, this time to Australia – and honestly, part of the attraction was the bigger, brighter, insects!! I am loving exploring this country, and culture, and the insects – particularly moths at the moment, with the help – this time – of the entomological department at Melbourne Museum. I post news of my progress on my blog.