For most of my career, I ran my Midlands based commercial interior design consultancy specialising in designing and fitting out large hotels, offices, hospitals etc. In 2005, I decided to change direction and returned to Wolverhampton University to study glass making and then established my own fused glass studio. Here I created architectural work but mainly concentrated on developing community projects, using glass to build self-belief and a feeling of well being within hard to reach communities and groups.
Six years ago, we relocated to North Norfolk to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition of living by the sea. Here I have continued carrying out community projects in Norfolk, the Midlands and London, specialising in working with young children and those living with dementia.
However, I have set myself the challenge of working on a small scale rather than the large canvas that I have been accustomed to. It is also an opportunity to start to be influenced and respond to the rolling waves, big skies, extraordinary architecture, angel ceilings, iconic forms of entertainment and the diverse characters that surround me in Norfolk.
I have a passion for the amazing colours and vibrancy of glass and my work features fused and painted forms that hold secrets and stories, creating explosions of potent, dynamic colour and shapes.
The images below feature some of my influences from Dale Chihuly who inspired me to study glass through to artists such as Hilma Af Klimt, Ana Maria Pachenko and Matisse. There are images showing the amazing Norfolk skies and beaches, gothic architecture and religious symbolism, structures, history, flowers and pigs – my favourite animal – plus puppetry and circus, I am fortunate in find inspiration from such an eclectic and diverse range of subjects!