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Welcome to my online gallery. :)


Below is a very small selection of my work, which gives you a flavour of the kind of work I currently do.

If you would like to find out what is new and follow my artistic journey, please check out my blog where I share about my artistic process and inspiration and provide background information for my paintings. A new post is generally published once a week (usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday).

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PDF copy of "Treasures in the darkness". It contains a selection of paintings, photography, poetry and prose to celebrate life amidst all its challenges, bringing together my different creative interests.


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"Let there be light" is still available as an original (30 x 30cm canvas - £360). Also available as limited edition print as part of charity sale.

Light in the darkness

Signs of hope and life amidst life's challenges - discovering beauty and purpose amidst brokenness. 

I love the Japanese concept of Kintsugi – broken pottery is not thrown away, but the history of the vessel is honoured by repairing the breakage with a lacquer that has been mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.

Whilst my work in this series does not (yet) contain precious metals, I try to offer a new life to broken glass and items that are usually destined for landfill by combining them with paints and inks. This creates highly textured 3D canvases.

Some pieces are available as prints so that they can be enjoyed by a wider audience. 



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"Journey" was sold to a private collector in 2021.Can be made available as a print.


Paintings that depict inner landscapes and journeys - a gateway to processing feelings, thoughts and memories.

“I have realised that the most challenging mountains are the ones inside. There was a mountain I wanted to climb, but there is a mountain range I need to climb. Pride, doubt, grief – these mountains are more formidable than any physical mountain I could ever scale. No, I am not expecting to get to the top any time soon – some mountains take a lifetime to climb.” 


This was my conclusion in "How to conquer a mountain: Kilimanjaro lessons", a book my husband John and I wrote back in 2014. I have discovered in the intervening years that the painting process is one means of working through challenging emotional terrain.

Even though the paintings in this collection may have autobiographical elements, viewers may see elements of their own journey reflected in them or have a unique way of interpreting what is going on.

I do not want to spoil your experience with my explanations, but if you do want to find out more about the story of a painting, head over to the blog, where I will share more details about the work I create.

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"Mysteries of the universe" was sold at Portsmouth summer exhibition in 2021. Can be made available as a print.

Experimental work

It is part of my art practice to experiment with different materials to see the textures and effects that can be achieved.


The results are usually kept in my sketchbooks for future reference.  The work can be made available as a giclée print or hand-finished giclée print. 

Sometimes the original may also be up for sale. Please ensure that the work is kept out of direct sunlight and ideally behind UV glass to preserve the colours and textures. As the work is experimental, there are likely to be changes over time, just as you would find in nature. 


One of the papers I like to work on is acid-free khadi rag . It is made from recycled cotton from the Indian garment industry. It has a lovely texture and is strong enough to withstand some vigorous mark-making and layering. 

Work for sale will generally either fit a 20cm x 20cm or 30cm x 30cm frame. 



"Butterflies" canvas in private collection since 2020. Limited edition prints available as part of charity sale.

Carbon-neutral giclée prints on Hahnemühle paper

My goal is to create environmentally conscious art. For me, good stewardship includes packaging and distribution. I am using The Print Space for prints on demand and the creation of hand-finished prints, as they are able to offer a carbon neutral print service, avoid plastic and use recycled and recyclable materials. They can ship anywhere in the world and have a printing facility in Germany, reducing cost and travel miles for EU orders.

You can learn more about the printers here.

I like to work with Hahnemühle paper due to the company's environmental policy. All Hahnemühle papers are vegan.

​Giclée prints are high-quality archival inkjet prints using fade-resistant, archival, pigment-based inks.  ​

All profits from the sale of limited edition Giclée prints are currently donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee. Check out my charity print shop.

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