I was born and brought up in the Black Mountains in Wales. After an art foundation course in Cardiff I spent a year at The Bristol School of Art before studying 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 or watercolour painting, usually applied to a decorative background, often embellished with metal leaf.
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.
My current work focuses on interiors and my paintings have a strong narrative, as if walking into a story mid frame. The use of Welsh blanket patterns together with familiar and ornamental objects combine nostalgia and whimsy. The paintings focus on the minutiae of the decorative and the domestic.
I am a member of The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and exhibit widely in England and Wales.