ARTIST STATEMENT:

My work is decorative and illustrative. I produce original paintings and designs for interiors. Styles range from contemporary and simplistic to more complex artworks. My website  includes NEW sewing classes. My portfolio includes artworks along the following themes; Abstracts, Florals, Nautical, Fish, Shells, Boats, Ceramics, Cakes, Cocktails, Valentine, Paisleys, Butterflies, Tattoo art, Harvest, Bunnies and Christmas.
I have over thirty years commercial experience producing work for Illustration, Packaging, Posters, Textiles, Interiors, Fabric, Paper Goods, Tiles and Ceramic Tableware. I produce my own range of printed and sewn textile products and cards.
I design and paint mainly from my studio in Greenwich, London. My teaching practice has included teaching textile design and illustration at art schools and university level. I also teach arts, crafts, sewing, design, literacy and creative writing in the community and adult education classes. I produce some mural work in situ painting directly onto walls and furniture.
I paint in gouache, watercolour and acrylics.
Inspiration comes from everywhere. I work from the heart and to commission.


QUALIFICATIONS

1979 - 1980 - Portsmouth College Of Art
- Art Foundation Course

1980 - 1983 - West Sussex College Of Design, Worthing
- 1981 College Diploma with Commendation in Printed Textile Design
- 1983 Advanced College Diploma in Textile Design
- 1983 Distinction Licentiateship to the Society Of Designer Craftsmen

2009 - Open University
BA (HONS) English Literature
English Literature and Creative Writing

2017 - PGCE Greenwich University 


EXHIBITIONS - AWARDS

1983 - Texprint at Fabrex, Olympia
1983 - SDC Distinction Licentiateships Exhibition, Foyles, London

and many trade shows worldwide

EMPLOYMENT

1984-1987 - Studio Designer for David Hicks International. I produced Designs
and trend and colour concept presentations for Furnishings, Fashion
Prints, Weaves, Products and accessories for the Japanese market.
I also worked closely with the in-house interior designers on print,
weave and carpet products.

1987-1989 - Studio Designer/Consultant for David Hicks and GIA. I also styled
and designed ranges for Textile, Bedding and Wallcovering
companies.

1989-2000 - I established and ran a design group portfolio, featuring the
work of ten designers, including myself. I produced designs and
forward trend predictions and marketed the collection through
trade shows and sales trips, in the UK, Europe and the US.

1989-2016 - I have designed for a wide range of commercial
customers. These have included (UK); Anna French, Barnardo's
BHS, Crown Wallcoverings, Harrods, H and R Johnson's tiles,
Laura Ashley, Marks and Spencers, Pilkington's tiles, Original Style 
Rosenteil's (Les Fleurs Rose), Pavilion Fabrics and Swantex.

I designed, produced and launched a range of own label tea towels, textile products and cards.

I have worked extensively in the US market with a range of clients in many product areas.These include: Avon Home, Tobin Home, Springs, Christmas Tree Shops,
Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Oriental Accent, PTS, Town and
Country and WC Designs.

Suomen Kerta Oy (Finland); International Alliance Network Corp
(Taiwan), Villeroy and Boch (Germany). 

I have lectured and taught extensively in design, making, textiles, painting, up-cycling and creative writing for over twenty years.                
                    

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