I was born in Nottingham, England in 1970. From an early age I loved the arts and music (and was lucky enough to get regular doses of The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie) as I was growing up. I was also a BIG water baby and from age 11 to 18, competed as an International swimmer for 7 years, including representing England in the Commonwealth Games and the European Championship finals - I was on sports TV too!
By age 20, I'd got into studying for a BA Hons in Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic, having continually studied and loved photography and art. Using my skills in product design and marketing, at age 24, I began co-directing a glass art business called ‘Spirit’. This included contributing to the interior design of the shop premises, the ongoing production of one off glass products, retail display and marketing. I am now involved with my husband’s business A Room Full of Butterflies and I'm also loving my role as a Mother with our gorgeous son who was born in 2010.
As an experienced visual artist and illustrator, I currently produce and sell various artworks, glass art and photography. I feel passionate about making beautiful photographs and have a particular interest in tracking ‘flow’, movement, gesture and human nature.
I’m a dancer too, so communicating through my body with other people on the dance floor is an essential part of my self expression. My experience as a free form dancer influences my approach to photography and making artwork. My study for a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy 10 years ago is also an ongoing interest. When I engage in making photographs, I enter into an empathic, quiet witness of my subject, looking to record what is beautiful, emotional and dynamic. I love playing with the impact of colour and composition in an image. Thankfully it's not just my art that happens when I create a photograph, it’s yours too in the unique way you express your life and style. I see photography as a relationship that involves being very sensitive to how comfortable people are with a camera, being gentle and non invasive. I like to bring a sense of fun, experiment and offer as much permission for you to be be yourself or explore your creativity with a witness.
I have a photography studio in Nottingham. This is a place for creative play, adventure, affirmation, exploration and general chats about photography commissions and other creative projects over cups of tea! There is a yoga mat in there, a jumbo bean bag, a sofa and always an eclectic collection of music.