My passion for Artistic Expression led me to a formal education in Fashion Design using Haute Couture methods and later in Multi-media Design, Drawing and Painting. Combined with many years as an Arts Educator, my training and practice have led me to a creatively rewarding life dedicated to Art, Design and Craft as a Textile Artist and Painter.
I also paint with watercolours and ink and currently offer commissioned Custom House Portraits. I thoroughly enjoy working with clients to help bring their childhood memories alive or to honour the family home that brings them so much joy.
People have been creating Art and Fine Craft with textile work over centuries as a career, to protest, comfort, heal, teach, support, clothe, keep records, hide messages, claim their voices and tell their stories. Although throughout history and to the present, women, in particular, have been pinholed into the role of homemaker and domestic seamstress, we have also been able to tell our stories through needlework by drawing and painting with threads. These skills cannot be lost or forgotten, because it is part of our history and is interwoven and ingrained in our culture.
I tell my stories through the Art and Fine Craft, currently working on an unfolding story of the Laurel Witch and the empowered, the enlightened and the outliers who break free from the ordinary world with magic and myth, witchery and the supernatural.