As a child I wanted to study art and sculpture, I enjoyed and excelled in art at school, but because I came from an academic family, I was encouraged to take an academic path. I Spent 25 years as an Optician. In 2004 I was diagnosed with a life threatening illness which made me re-evaluate what I wanted out of life. Unfortunately my illness has left me with long term health problems and chronic depression. Art has become my way of obtaining head-space in my life.
I have been very lucky and used art as therapy, initially starting in Carnival Arts and then going on to specialise in Italian Mashere Sculpture and trained under Italian master Umberto Cinquini. I have since moved into using other mediums and enjoy working with textiles mainly felt and silk to produce wall hangings and three dimensional sculptures.
I was so pleased to be offered the opportunity to share my art with my peers and other people who wouldn’t be judgemental.