I trained in Graphic Arts and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University (BA Hons), and Cross-Sectoral and Community Arts at Goldsmiths University (Post-Graduate Diploma). I’ve studied Technical Theatre at the City Lit, and Art Therapy at Warwickshire College, and I have spent much of my career supporting others in their own creativity.
I painted my first mural in the 1980’s, and mural painting led me into both theatre design work and community arts work, which in turn led to a range of roles in the voluntary and community sectors. Not all these roles have been arts-based, but whether supporting people who have learning disabilities, managing volunteers, or co-ordinating projects, I’ve always promoted creative opportunities as much as possible.
My first love is drawing, and I’m a huge fan of graphic novels and BD’s (bandes dessinees - French and Belgian graphic novels). I’ve spoken about my illustration work at the Comics Forum of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities at Oxford University, and at the Laydeez Do Comics forum in London and Birmingham. In 2023 I spoke at the London Cartoon Museum, also for Laydeez Do Comics.
My work won an award at the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards: the Covid resources that I illustrated for Books Beyond Words, 'Love in Lockdown', 'Having a Test for Coronavirus' and 'Beating the Virus', won the 2021 Breaking Down Barriers team category award, celebrating work which promotes accessible communication.
I am a member of the Association of Illustrators.
'Having a Vaccine for Coronavirus', Books Beyond Words 2023
'Love in Lockdown', Books Beyond Words 2021
'Having a Test for Coronavirus', Books Beyond Words 2020
'Beating The Virus', Books Beyond Words 2020
'Choosing My First Job', Books Beyond Words 2018
'Belonging', Books Beyond Words 2018
'Going to Church', Books Beyond Words 2017
'A Day at the Beach’, Books Beyond Words 2016
Work featured in:
'The Inking Woman', Myriad Editions 2018