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About me....

I am a Cumbrian but moved to the North-east to study in 1974, and I have lived and worked in and around Durham ever since.

My first exhibition of paintings was at the Kemble Art Gallery in Durham in 1977, and this was followed by many other one-woman and shared shows mainly around the North of England.


Recently I went back into education, achieving a 1st class Honours degree in 2009 followed by an MA in Fine Art from Sunderland University in 2011.


The natural world and landscape have always fascinated, intrigued and excited me. I was brought up in the wilds of Cumbria and I suppose it was inevitable that it would have an immense impact on my approach to my painting and my choice of subject matter.



I love the light and colour and space in landscape - it has always signified mystery and familiarity in equal measure to me.

What excites me is the landscape itself, devoid of people, and the way that nature takes over so quickly and hides man's efforts to change it so effortlessly.

I’m fascinated by the  claustrophobia and intensity of forests, by the shifting, jewel-like quality of reflections on water, by the moodiness and immensity of the sky, by nature’s endless patterns and textures.