I was born in Suffolk in 1964 and am now based in Blackpool in Lancashire.
After working as an industrial screen printer for nearly 20 years followed by long period of depression I enrolled as a mature student on the Foundation Art and Design course at the Blackpool and the Fylde College, receiving a Distinction. I stayed on at B&FC to take BA (Hons) Fine Art and Professional Practice and was awarded a first class honours degree. I also received the Mary Elizabeth Barrow award from Blackpool and the Fylde College.
For my final year at B&FC my work was based around the Pendle witches who, aside from being an interesting subject in their own right, also served as a metaphor for modern day intolerance and bigotry. Currently my personal work is focussed on raising awareness, understanding and trying to help remove the stigma attached to mental health issues. I have also led workshops for a community group and written an opinion piece for Disability Arts Online, a highly regarded website.
As well as being an artist I am also a life model and have posed for many artists, photographers and life drawing classes.
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