I originally trained as a sculptor gaining both a BA Hons in Fine Art in 1974 and a Master of Fine Art Degree in 1976 at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. I was awarded the Boise Travelling Scholarship (used to visit West coast of Ireland and Arran Is) in 1976. In following years I exhibited my large scale landscape inspired sculpture in group and solo shows in the North and in London. One of my sculptures was sited in Grizedale Forest Cumbria.
In later years I turned to painting with landscape remaining the inspiration. Frequent expeditions to Scotland's remote islands from St Kilda to Shetland's Northern Isles gave rise to a passionate & powerful body of coast based work. Trekking expeditions in Nepal, Greenland & New Zealand inspired a dramatic series of mountain drawings & paintings.
Recent projects continue to combine my passion for walking and working outdoors, responding to land, sea and sky.
I now have two books about a trek I made up the country from Land's End to John o' Groats with my husband and our faithful canine companion Barney. The walk of nearly 1400 miles took 4 months to complete.
The first, Barney's Long Walk, is based on my diary and follows our journey as we made our way north. The book includes many colour photographs of the landscape we experienced along with a selection of the paintings from my second book
The second, Painting on the End to End Trail, contains 134 paintings selected from a total of over 280 made on the trek.