I draw and paint as a form of escapism and relaxation (often painting at night when the kids are in bed so it has also stopped me reaching for the chocolates and G&T – a healthy distraction!). Art is very much a therapy and a way for me to unwind.

I have new ideas popping into my head all the time and feel restless until the image in my mind is down on paper. 

My passion for art developed at a very early age and at Primary School I refused to read and would just sit and draw! Ironically I would love to produce my own children’s book, I just can’t think of the words for it!

I have an Art Foundation, degree in Interior Architecture and Design and spent seven years working in the industry before becoming  a Secondary School Art Teacher – pupils would say ‘Miss you’re like a real Artist’ and I started to believe them. Having children of my own too, I wanted to teach them to have patience, confidence and to see an idea through to the end. 

Fine-liners play a big part in bringing my work to life – especially with the animals as it’s when they start to develop their own character. My favourite work has lots of linework and detail so you notice something new each time you look back at it. I  use watercolours, inks and pen to create the majority of my artwork. 

My art is born out of doing something I love and so the idea that my work makes others happy too is an incredible feeling.