I was born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1958 and moved extensively with my family living the length and breadth of Great Britain.
I recognised a need to portray my view of the world through art, primarily drawing, from an early age. This led me from A-levels to enroll on an art foundation course, where I discovered my passion for clay, and this became my primary medium of expression.
I went on to study ceramics at York Art College, graduating in 1982. I then initiated the setting up and running of a pottery workshop within a day center for disabled adults. The therapeutic use of clay work was of particular interest to me, and I remained teaching at the center until the birth of my baby, Jack, in 1989. I continued to teach part-time both in adult education and community centers, and in 1997 completed a GNVQ in Adult Education Teacher Training.
A back injury in 1998 forced me to leave the world of ceramics. From there I concentrated on exploring and developing my skills in the less physical arena of painting, and persued a growing interest in the art of bead-weaving. This led to a number of group and open-air exhibitions, and to the production of numerous pet portraits and the development of my jewellery business, 'PinkAmber'.
My recent interest in the art of mosaic developed following the creation of a large decorative fire panel for my home.
Currently, I'm exploring the medium of stained and leaded glass, and ideas around the surface decoration of animal skulls.