My work fuses personal and historical narratives, autobiography, and traditional painting techniques. It is also influenced by my studies in Art History, Psychoanalysis and Feminism.
Brought up in a quintessentially English village outside London, by a French mother and Greek father. I have lived and worked in Paris and London and am now based in Brighton where I have my studio.
At a young age, and whilst living in Paris, I suffered from an eating disorder and alcoholism. I was interned at HÃ´pital Sainte-Anne where I created a large body of work. I went on to exhibit these paintings in Paris.
In 1994 I came into recovery and moved to London. I studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and, after graduating, completed an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. My dissertation explored the exclusion of women from academic training and Art History. I continued my research with an intensive painting course in Florence, learning the classical techniques of the Old Masters.
In my personal life, I married and had two children. I was subsequently diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Thereafter, I developed my practice within the constraints of my circumstances. I have continued to teach myself to paint, inspired by female artists whose work and stories resonate with my own. I have interpreted their work using traditional methods and have adapted and created paintings using my own imagery.
Alongside my oil paintings I paint acrylics and watercolours. I produce drawings, using images from my books on women artists, magazines, stills from performances I did whilst at college, and personal photographs. I also sketch my children in my diary, weaving my narratives, both real and imagined, from my studio and my home.