I was born and brought up in the Black Mountains in Wales. After an art foundation course in Cardiff I studied Fine Art at Oxford Brookes. My early work was in oils but I gradually incorporated collage using textiles and drawings.
I now work mostly in watercolour, gouache and ink on paper. The finished paintings are an assemblage of individual ink drawings usually applied to a decorative background, often embellished with metal leaf. Each component may be eccentric and unexpected in the finished context but on closer inspection there is a narrative.
I often incorporate themes from fairy tales and legend yet at other times the story may be open to interpretation. The middle child of five, I draw on happy childhood memories, recalling well-loved toys, games and stories. The recurring motif of red shoes, however, owes more to the red shoes worn by me, my brothers and sister rather than the more sinister tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.
The decorative and illustrative pictures are the result of my fascination with the pattern and symmetry found in architecture, objects, interiors and exteriors. The rural Welsh countryside in which I grew up has also influenced my work, in particular the landscapes and buildings which I have used as a backdrop for many of my paintings. Images are combined to provoke the imagination so the viewer is left to determine the story for themselves.