I have lived in the Yorkshire Dales all my life and am fascinated by all elements of the natural world, especially wildlife. I studied at Newcastle University and received an Honours Degree in Fine Art. Since obtaining my degree, I have had work accepted by various galleries in Yorkshire and the North East.
My love of art started at an early age – besides the drawing, painting and sculpture which I was naturally drawn to, my father had an old SLR camera which he allowed me to use, and I was fascinated by the many and various results I could get with differing compositions and light. My interest in photography means that my camera is always at the ready to capture landscape and wildlife, inspiring my sometimes unusual pictures.
I work predominantly in soft pastels, and love the versatility that the medium offers. My favourite brand is Unison Colour Soft Pastel – they are excellent quality, have a great colour range and are handmade in Northumberland. With the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors on my doorstep I have a wealth of inspiration on offer and use the medium to create vibrant pictures not only of British wildlife but also of a broad spectrum of landscapes inspired by the character and heritage of the area.