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Please can you briefly introduce yourself
I grew up in West Sussex and I inherited my love of colour and pattern from my mother and grandfather who both worked in textiles. However my joy of photography is something that I share with my father. I was very lucky to have visited plenty of museums, galleries and stately homes whilst growing up.
Did you have an interest in art as a child?
Yes, I always enjoyed art and I used to spend as much time organising my coloured pencils as using them ! I also had a fascination with beautiful handwriting and I taught myself italics when I was 12.
Did you have a formal art education or are you self taught?
I did A Level Art and then read History of Art at university. So I never went to art school but many years later I did an interior design diploma with KLC School. Over the last 7 years I have done several photography courses.
Was there a moment or a person or a place in your past that influenced you or you feel set you on the journey to where you are now?
I actually feel that all the creative skills that I have learnt over the years have played a role in where I am now with my photography. However my first day of tuition on a workshop in London with Valda Bailey and Doug Chinnery - both amazing photographers, was a turning point in my development as a photographer.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
The freedom to be creative.
And the worst..!?
If I have too many ideas buzzing around in my head then I can’t fall asleep at night!
What has inspired or influenced you?
Artists that I studied at university like Turner and the Impressionists have influenced my desire to create intentional camera movement in some of my photography. I am also very inspired by flowers and trees. My father worked in horticulture and although we were dragged to garden centres or gardens of some sort virtually every weekend, what seemed dull at the time clearly made a real impression on me. As an adult I appreciate visiting gardens and and spending time in my own garden observing the plants around me.
Please tell us a little about the process involved in making your art?
My photography begins when something catches my eye, or possibly an overall feeling of a given landscape or cityscape. The subject matter will determine how I approach the actual photography. I might choose to use in camera movement, in camera multiple exposures, or capture a close up using my macro lens. All my images are then imported into Lightroom. Here I make alterations and often enjoy carrying out further digital adjustments in photoshop prior to printing my images. I regularly choose to embellish my prints with metal leaf which makes each image truly bespoke. I like this mixed media end result.
Where are you finding ideas and inspiration for your work currently?
I have been buying a few ‘curios’ on eBay to use for still life photography but I predominantly look to nature. There is always something that catches my attention, perhaps a reflection or a silhouette. This winter I was mesmerised by frost patterns on my greenhouse and I created an entire body of work inspired by these little ice crystals.
If you weren’t an artist what would you be?
I would love to be a top restaurant and hotel critic as I adore travelling and eating delicious food!
What advice would you give to those aspiring to make a living out of art?
Keep trying and keep learning.
What is the most important thing to know about you?
I absolutely love what I do and I hope to be a photographic artist until the day I die.
I am very lucky to have a very supportive family and wonderful friends who have encouraged me to pursue my photography . I am dreaming of returning to Venice once we can travel again. I am totally obsessed with this intoxicating city.