Born in Gunnislake and being truly Cornish by 100 yards, I feel a natural affinity to the South East of the County in terms of its archaeological history in particular. I was educated at Callington Grammar School and from there I proceeded to study at Plymouth College of Art and Design, where I was so fortunate to have as my tutor Alexander Mackenzie. As a member of the St.Ives Society of Artists his quiet influence was to play a big part in my way of working. He advised me to pursue ‘fine art’ and he was very supportive of my drawing and painting.
Working in silver was new and magical however and whilst at Plymouth in my foundation year I won the equivalent of an Oscar in the world of jewelry design-a De Beers International Award for a design of a gold brooch, incorporating diamonds. This was the prompt to complete a degree in Jewelry and Silversmithing at Birmingham Polytechnic.
I qualified as a teacher and worked at Saltash Community School for 6 years leaving in 1980 to start a family. In 1988 I went back to teaching Art at Callington Community College, and twenty years later took early retirement in 2008, wonderful years with so many wonderful young people I am so very proud of!
The new chapter is about me and my work. In 2009 I joined ‘Drawn to the Valley’ -a local group of artists and I have exhibited with them since then. It has been an interesting transformation, from a teacher offering the advice, to a solo artist. My work has evolved and is evolving and I am developing a style which is ‘semi abstract’ in nature. I am enjoying the exploration of various media, as well as looking at combining viewpoints and textures. Structure within painting still plays a vital role in composition and I intend to develop these elements within jewelry.
Currently I have work on exhibition in the National Trust property at Cotehele, “The View” Restaurant, Whitsand Bay, Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun, The Cardinal’s Hatt, near Saltash as well as browser work at the Artmill Gallery in Plymouth and I am very pleased to have my work on The Tamar Art Gallery site.