For many years I have worked as a teaching assistant and learning mentor within a Primary School. More recently, due to mental health issues – depression and anxiety, I have experienced long episodes of absence from work. Within the darker times of my poor mental health I have returned to my love of art. I studied art at A level and also studied, for a short amount of time, Fine Art Valuation Degree but then decided on a different path.
I continue to struggle with issues of poor mental health and have had to make the decision to come away from my role within Primary school to concentrate on my recovery, a decision I made with a heavy heart.
I have studied Art therapy and for me art therapy has become my therapy.
I have had many opportunities given to due t o my creative pieces which depict my feelings about my health and my continued journey which I continue to be grateful for.
My work is abstract in nature but also I do try to address other social issues within my work too as a creative response to these.