I was born
in 1950 in London. At a low, hard-scrubbed and
deeply-grooved pine table, with legs that didn’t
match, I began painting about three years later,
overlooking Beverley Brook and Barnes Common.
school years were relieved by the close presence
of the tidal Thames and dinghy rowing. On Chiswick
Eyot the confines of school could be shaken off in
a jungle world : hemlock and Himalayan balsam grew
to heights far above our heads. Their seeds popped
and propelled along with our imaginations while
buses bussed over Hammersmith Bridge less than a
mile away. The escape was magical.
visits to museums and galleries in London in the
sixties brought closer the work of Matisse, Ben
Nicholson and Eric Ravilious - besides many others
- for whom I developed a particular empathy which
continues today. The work of Lewis Carroll, Dylan
Thomas, D. H. Lawrence and Mervyn Peake in
particular was also helping to feed a creative
energy which was gathering pace.
at West Surrey College of Art and Design (now
University for the Creative Arts) in the
Department of Textiles, were enhanced by the
teaching of Susan Bosence, a specialist
craftswoman in hand printing and dyeing. She
conveyed not only her knowledge and craftsmanship
in a way that made any practical printing sessions
with her an inspiring experience, but also
communicated an inference (through her own
example) that the qualities found within art and
craft, clearly exposed in her own work, could be
all part of a wider philosophy of life.
For a few
years I ran my own hand-printed textile workshop
but my most compelling interest has always been
painting. That preoccupation could not be quelled.
But those three years spent engrossed in a
Department of Textiles left a vital stamp: the
substance of textiles, pattern and design continue
to infiltrate my work.
At my first
solo exhibition, in 1982, at the Staircase
Gallery, Kew, I had our second-born slinged to
myself. Throughout the busiest motherhood years I
always found time to draw and paint, however short
or disturbed that time may have been.
Those exuberant years proved to be the most
invaluable still-further education: thereafter
making it possible to switch efficiently and
witfully from one form of work to another in a
practice is still entwined with the quotidian: my
studio stands just 10m from the house and I can
smell when the baking bread is cooked.
have been exhibiting my paintings since 1977. Work
is in collections in Europe and the USA.
1969 – 1970
Foundation Course, Central School of Art and
Design (Central St. Martin's)
1970 – 1971 Foundation Course, Wimbledon College
of Art and Design
1971 – 1974 BA Hons. Printed Textiles, West Surrey
College of Art and Design (now University for the