About The Artist
I am an Artist, Life Model, Mother and Wife. I have completed formal training in Fine Art and Teaching at university in Sunderland and Derby. I live in North Derbyshire with my husband, two living children, cat and hamster. My art is predominantly self funded and I enjoy that I can be authentic in the work I create, rather than working to a commercial brief. I supplement my income through work in the community, whether that is running arts workshops, working with community groups, or pulling pints in my favourite local. I enjoy music, live music, being outdoors in the sunshine, walking and jogging.
As an Artist and Life Model, I have always held an interest in the human form and it often features in the art that I make. I am fascinated by the female form and have had mixed feelings about the presentation of my own body throughout life. When I discovered I was pregnant with my first child, I developed a deep interest in what the female body is capable of and the changing shape of my own figure.
My interest in motherhood, pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding and the anatomical processes of creating life is explored in my artistic practice. In our modern world, the reality of motherhood is seldom discussed, less so, experiences of miscarriage, still birth and infant death. During my MA, I focused on motherhood and loss, creating artworks and installations as a visual interpretation of personal experience, data and research on death and child loss.
As I approach the perimenopause and experience changes in my body and my relationship with myself, juxtaposed with my young daughter becoming aware of her own body, I find myself revisiting that which I do not recall learning at a young age. I am reinvestigating information about the physicality of being a woman, as well as considering personal experiences lived as a woman. I am interested in my daughters perception of being female and how society is already shaping this.
It is important to me to be autobiographical in my work, and I often reflect on lived experiences. My artistic process usually begins with personal photographs, which are worked over and depersonalised with multiple layers of drawing, painting or digital painting. I also set up staged photographs, however, these are not considered final pieces of work, but used to rework.
Both process and outcome are important when I am creating art. I use my creativity to explore my thoughts through the medium in which I chose to work. I also value that the subjects and topics I address can hold an importance to others, and hope that my work gives space to enable the viewer to consider their own thoughts and views on what my artwork presents.
If you are interested in discussing further my work for exhibition or purchase, please feel free to contact me.