I spent a great deal of my childhood in Combe Martin, North Devon. The beach was my playground, and Exmoor was the place for picking bilberries and trying to spot the elusive ponies. It is from this beautiful part of the world that I get my inspiration to paint.

As a child I was always painting something. Drawing pads, paints and colouring books were some of my favourite presents at birthdays and Christmas.

I am self taught. Going to art college was not an option for me. My mother told me I had to get a “proper job”!

In 2015 I suffered a stroke, which took my speech and my right arm. Thanks to my husband, the speed of the ambulance service and the doctors and nurses at the stroke unit at the Nottingham City Hospital, I made a remarkable recovery. I was asked if I had a hobby or interest that would help with my confidence and to further aid recovery after discharge from hospital. I said, “I paint”.

Since that life changing moment, my painting style has completely turned on it’s head. I love to use bits and bobs to create textures, then see what takes shape in front of my eyes. I look at things in greater depth, taking in the shapes and colours. My mobile phone is always at the ready to capture something different, that I can turn into a painting.

I’ve sold work as far afield as Canada and the United States. I love selling my artwork at Art/Craft Fairs, and enjoy talking to people about North Devon and my inspiration. I’m an exhibiting member of the Nottingham Society of Artists, where I participate regularly in showing and selling my work. I feel privileged that people like and want to buy my art.

All my paintings are original, and each one has a story behind their creation.

Thank you for viewing my work.