I have been working as an artist since 1960, after leaving City of Birmingham Training College, where I specialised in Art and Environmental studies. In 1967 I began my Fine Art and Art History Degree, at Reading University, as a mature student with a young family of three children. It was an exciting time to be an art student, and I was able to use a wide range of materials and approaches to my work. Experimentation was encouraged, and has remained a consistent aspect of my work. After completing my degree in 1970, I earned my living principally as an archivist, exhibition organiser, writer and art historian in order to support my family and my work as an artist. I taught Art History at Reading University for 14 years, and subsequently, part time Art and Theoretical Studies at Roehampton Institute. During that time I began to develop a new career as a Community Artist, and after 1989, when I left University teaching, that was my main profession. I worked with a wide variety of community groups of all ages, until 2005, and also worked in the education departments of the National Portrait Gallery and the Wallace Collections developing workshop principally for children with moderate to severe learning disabilities. My experience with a wide range of media was extremely useful in these settings. Alongside earning my living I continued to develop my own work, which has been through a number of different phases. In 1998 I felt the need to develop my skills further, as I had been mainly painting, though often using construction, collage and other materials in my work. I completed a two year part-time HNC course in 2000in Bournemouth Institute in ‘Ceramics and Metalwork’. On this course I became interested in sculptural ceramics, the use of a wide range of media, and in using paper-clay which can be fired with embedded metals.
I tend to work thematically, using the materials and methods that best express the theme and subject matter I am working with.