I was born in Newcastle, Tyne & Wear in 1967, and I still live in the North East of England. I live with my partner of 21 years and our 2 children.
I used to study art & music when I was younger, but I did not pursue the arts and instead trained in psychiatry and used to manage services for mental health in the community.
I met my partner whilst working together. She is a doctor. I got so tangled up in mental health that my creative self suffered and stifled. It was only after the birth of my second child 8 years ago, that I experienced significant mental health problems myself due to post natal depression. This encouraged me to leave work and concentrate on being a mum and finding myself again. In this process, I truly examined my ability to paint and be creative.
I do like to paint on a large scale. I find imposing is a reflection of me. I am inspired by all of my life experiences and the things that are important to me. Women are an important subject to me. As a lesbian, I try to engage in the strength and supremeness of women and compare this to the oppression and stigma that women face today.
Painting figures is an emotional balance of depth, passion, grief and resolve for me. I tend to fall in love with a painting until it is complete.
My ambition to be an artist is questionable, my ambition to be known for my art is undoubtedly my priority. I'm sure you can understand that to have someone admire something that you have created, from inside of you, is like completion. That is my quest.