Meet the Artist
Born in The Potteries, I was an artistic child & loved to practice at every opportunity!
At 10 years old I received extra tutoring at Leek College of Art due to my primary school teacher highlighting my abilities. From school, I then went on to study Fashion design at Leek College of Art & then further studied at Derby University. Immediatley after graduating I worked in the fashion industry as a designer for several years specialising in sports and swimwear.
Then out of the blue I decided on a complete career change & I joined the Police Service. My communication and people skills came to the fore and I dedicated 21 years to the people of Derbyshire. Unfortunately due to becoming physically unfit to perform the role I was retired in July 2017. During those 21 years, I met my husband James, was blessed with 3 children, plus along came our little Shih tzu doggy “Sweep”.
So due to shifts & busy family life, art was put on hold for quite sometime, but once retired, and with friends and family encouragement, I finally picked up a paintbrush again.
I started with a portrait of a dear friends dog, and surprised her on her 50th Birthday. This was Sammy, who you will see in my gallery pictures. From there I was massively encouraged to paint professionally, and as they say...the rest is history.
I'm finally following my dream and what is meant to be ….better late than never eh!?
My paintings are lively with layers of colour using the preferred medium of acrylic paint on canvas. My techniques are self developed, using the paint with a mixture of dense layers, dry dragging & layered washes of colour. I’ve always been a lover of the impressionist painters & the pointillism styles of painting and I believe this reflected in my work.
When producing portrait commissions it is important for me to succeed in portraying the character of the subject. It gives me great pleasure to know that my customers love my style. They like the fact that their beloved pet is transformed into a creative piece of art.
It's been rewarding as an artist to have the freedom to produce my own creative works too & equally fulfilling in the knowledge that people are drawn to them and making them a focal point in their homes.
my art studio
my art studio
Following a recent studio move, I have now expanded to a bright studio space on the 1st floor of Edge 2 Studios, in West End Mill, Long Eaton, Derbyshire. It has large mill windows which let in lots of light. The space has a peaceful & chilled vibe, perfect for me to paint & allow my imagination to become reality. I share the large mill building with 6 other artists who each have their own unique artistic approach. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to be surrounded by creativity and the space to follow my dream.
My schedule is based around family life, the school run and hubbies shifts. I tend to be in my studio 10am to 3pm around 4 days a week, but may pop in on a weekend if there is a deadline to complete.
You will usually find me with a cup of decaf coffee or bottle of water listening to Mellow Magic on my DAB radio, or with my headphones on taking in an inspirational audiobook. I need music to be calm as it helps me to relax and focus on the painting in hand.
My studio has been described by fellow artists and visitors as Zen like! I must admit I do like a tidy clean space to work in, where I can start a new day with a clear mind.. I’m certainly not a messy painter 🙂
Stockists & Galleries
I am honoured that you would consider having my artwork for your walls and/or shop.
Gallery Owners: Please contact me to discuss your gallery and your ideas to email@example.com
Shop Owners: I offer my high quality prints, cards, cushions and other homewares at wholesale prices to select shops, please contact me with your requirements and to discuss further.
Interior designers: I am happy to work with selected designers who I trust will show off my work to it's very best in beautifully designed homes. I offer designers a discount on high quality prints and other items. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further. Please note I do not offer discounts on original paintings nor do I allow my work to be marked up without my consent.
Current Galleries and stockists
Derby Museum & Art Gallery
The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
Monday* - Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10.30 – 4.00
Sunday - 12.00 – 4.00
The Derbyshire Emporium
Matlock St, Bakewell DE45 1EE
Tel 01629 812818
Opening times: Mon 9:00 – 16:00, Tues-Fri 10:00 – 16:00, Sat 9:00 – 17:00, Sun 10:00 – 16:00
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