I was born in Staffordshire in 1970 and studied textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design graduating in 1992 with a First Class Honours Degree. Painting was something I did to support my woven textile designs but it was this that I carried on with when I left college.
Since 1994 I have been selling my original art work to galleries nationwide. Winning the Imperial Cancer card competition two years in succession spurred me on to find a card publisher and I successfully sold greetings cards through various publishers.
In 1997 I joined De Montfort Fine Art and my reputation and following grew. I was the recipient of the Gift of the Year in 1998 and was awarded Best Up and Coming Artist by the Fine Art Trade Guild in 1999.
My work has a unique style. It combines intensely rich colours, textures and patterns with naïve compositions. Most of my original paintings have torn edges hinting that each image is a fragment of a larger painting giving an element of preciousness to each piece. The richness of my mixed media work is achieved through a lengthy process involving different techniques and paints. The extra depth of colour is given by a final layer of varnish.
I took a year off in 2003 to start a family and then gradually started working again toward my first solo exhibition at the Frog and Mouse Gallery in Leicester in 2004.
In January 2006 I decided it was time to publish my own work and since then I have had my paintings reproduced as giclee prints in small editions.
My designs have been used by The Art Group, Art File, Pictura and Woodmansterne for greeting cards but in 2011 I published a range of cards myself which are available from here and a few galleries and shops in the UK.
As my backround is textiles I have always wanted to see my designs on fabric so I have had a canvas bag and tea towel printed with my signiature design "BIrdy Hedgerow".