Limited edition Artist's book, featuring illustrations of endangered birds who live at or visit the amazing Dungeness Nature Reserve.

I am a narrative artist and my subject matter is nature.  I have been a storyteller my whole life. When I was five and there was a lull at school my teacher used to ask me to tell the class a story and this is key to my art.


I create work through exploration in printmaking, painting, sculpting and writing.  I print on organic materials and I work with paper, ink and stitchery to create 3D narratives.  I illustrate my short stories in limited edition artist’s books.  I am always looking for the right processes and materials to express my ideas and I move constantly from painting to 3D work to printmaking.


I particularly love birds, both as portrait subjects and in allegorical situations.

I have been painting and drawing all my life, having won my first painting competition at the age of five. British born, I lived in New York for many years and studied painting and sculpture at the Art Students League.  I was a costume designer for off-Broadway theatre, dance and opera, and studied at The Studio and Forum of Stage Design in Greenwich Village.


I am the co-founder and organiser of South Coast Printmakers, a group of artist/printmakers in Kent and East Sussex.  I am also a member of Pure Arts Group, SoCo (South Coast Artists) and Tenterden Artists. I recently founded a group called West Hill Artists and opened my studio, together with several other artists in the art-centric Hastings neighbourhood as part of Coastal Currents.


Tenterden Artists, Tenterden October 2020

Pure Arts Exhibition, Bannatynes Gallery December 2019

Stade Hall 'RX19,' November 2019 SoCo Artists group exhibition

Coastal Currents, Open Studios September 2019

Hastings Arts Forum 'Chaos is a Friend of Mine' August 2019 group exhibition

East Sussex Print Exchange, Hastings Arts Forum, July 2019.  

Tenterden Artists, Group Exhibition, Tenterden, November 2018

Coastal Currents, Open Studios September 2018

'Light as a Feather,' group exhibition, Stade Hall August 2018.  A large, multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring photography, poetry, paintings, prints and sculptures

East Sussex Print Exchange, Hastings Arts Forum, July 2018.  A limited edition artist's book featuring fifteen linocuts, including a hand-bound, blind embossed cover

Tenderden Artists, Group Exhibition Rye Community Centre April 2018

South Coast Printmakers, Summer exhibition Hastings Arts Forum 2017

South Coast Printmakers, Spring residency pop-up shop/gallery 'Edition' March-May 2017, Hastings.

'Secret of the Sea' Group Show, Hastings May 2016

<crossing borders> Group Show, St Leonards December 2015

Hastings Arts Forum Member Exhibition January 2015

Naked Eye Group Exhibition December 2014

The Beacon Hastings Summer Exhibition 2014


Colchester Institute (formerly Colchester School of Art) Diploma in Art

Art Students League, New York, New York. Certificate programme in Painting and drawing

Studio and Forum of Stage Design, New York, New York. Diploma in theatre design specialising in costume

Sussex Coast College. Printmaking

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