I had always worked mainly in acrylics, but cut paper collaging has now got into my blood following a chance encounter with a pile of old Vogues beside a rubbish bin, leading to an increasing obsession with the possibilities of cutting up bits of paper and sticking them down!
I am now involved in a series of cut paper collage portraits of writers' houses which brings together my love of old buildings and literature and the challenge of trying to convey a mood, a story and a sense of place.
My influences and inspirations are magpie-like and probably influenced early on by my theatre design training. They include English folk art and history, Staffordshire pottery, old textiles and crockery, broadsheet woodcuts, old buildings, gardens, Blake, Rousseau, Kahlo, Wallis, Bawden, Ravilious, the English Romantic poets and their circle, browsing in books, mooching in museums, poking about in historic houses, cats, the sea .......
My style of working has evolved from my first love: making marks on paper - my first published work was a drawing of a train engine done at age 18 months! I've hardly had a pen, pencil, biro or brush out of my hands ever since.
I studied theatre design and art history before falling into magazine illustration and journalism and eventually settling in Spain where I live with my family and other animals in the middle of banana groves.
Exhibitions include numerous group and solo shows in Spain, the UK and in New York.
My work is in many private collections and in corporate and public collections such as the Hogg Robinson Group, Casinos de Tenerife, the Rutherstone Collection, Manchester City Art Gallery and the Musee International d'Art Naif, Canada.
I am a member of the Association of British Naive Artists.