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Watercolour, in my opinion lends itself perfectly as a medium to textiles, the fluidity and translucency that can be achieved translates so appropriately to cloth.

My work betrays my roots. I was born and educated in the UK where a passion for sketching was instilled at an early age by my Grandmother who was a landscape watercolour artist. A degree and subsequently over 20 years in the Graphic Design and Illustration industry has resulted in a strong confidence in dealing directly with clients and in tackling briefs of many descriptions. I love to collaborate.

A passion for botanical imagery, strong drawing skills, a love of colour and pattern paired with a fascination with textiles throughout history offer an endless source of inspiration. I create original watercolours and sketches, often working from life which I then transform into a repeat pattern using Adobe Photoshop. I would happily chat with you about any potential project!

Short Biography

Following a one year foundation course in Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University, I obtained a Bachelor of Arts( Hons) Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Kingston University in the UK. On moving to Canada in 1991 I continued to work as a freelance designer and illustrator. Whilst working for design studios in London ( UK) and Toronto clients have included The Four Seasons Hotel group, Marks and Spencer, Safeway PLC and Second Cup . My illustration work has been published in magazines such as Canadian House and Home, Harrowsmith, CottageLife, Toronto Life, Chatelaine and EnRoute magazine .

In 2011, the desire to push my work in a new direction resulted in a return to art college to study textiles at Sheridan College in Oakville. Upon graduating I was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the Sheridan Faculty of Craft and Design Graduate exhibition. In June 2014 I travelled to the USA to receive a First place award for textile print design from the International Textile Market Association. I am a member of the Contemporary Textile Co-operative in Toronto, Canada.