I'm a self-taught artist, expressing ideas through painting and mosaic. I live with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) which has shaped my artistic practice and I work within its constraints. I've learned the value of pacing and resting, both undervalued in our society but widely used by athletes for maximum efficiency. I was encouraged into self-employment by others who live with restrictions and hope that my practice can inspire others, especially young people, with chronic illness.
With a background in dementia, I specialise in running creative sessions for people with additional needs, and have worked with charities and community interest groups to deliver inclusive workshops. The aim is to enjoy the materials and the process in a relaxed atmosphere while making something worth keeping.
Since becoming an independent maker in 2015, I've undertaken business training and studied mosaic techniques. I've attended workshops across the UK and spent lots of hours practicing! I am a Professional Member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM) and a member of Network Artists North East (NANE). Previously I worked as an Occupational Therapist in Mental Health and hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research Methods. I have a DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate and Public Liability Insurance.