1. As an artist, what inspires you about the locality around Belper? Belper is set within some of the most beautiful countryside, it has a long and interesting history and this is witnessed in the diversity of the buildings. It is the combination of this that inspires me to paint it.
3. Where are you from, and when did you start realising you wanted to be an artist? I grew up on the Nottingham / Derbyshire border in a village called Toton. I pursued a career in fashion design after university for twelve years then moved to live in Australia for six years. It was while I was living in Australia that I developed my lifelong passion for painting and became an artist full time – that is almost thirteen years ago now.
5. Where will you be exhibiting in the coming year? I am currently exhibiting at Number 28 on Belper Market Place until December 12th, then I will be showing work in a joint exhibition at Cromford Studio and Gallery, Cromford Market Place throughout December. My main exhibition will be with Cromford Mill next year during the discovery days in October where I will be showing my completed Derwent Valley series. I am in several East Midland galleries all year round and have frequent stalls at events such as Derbyshire Open Arts and Notts Open Studios.