I graduated from Liverpool Polytechnic (since renamed The John Moores University) in 1986 with a degree in Fine Art. Originally, I combined a career in part time teaching with part time painting.
I was Head of Art at a further education college for 18 years and left in 2011 to continue my art and academic career. I paint and do creative work as often as I can.
I have also worked with photography, film, performance as well as painting and printmaking.
I have an MA in Screen Studies from Manchester University and I have recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Theology with the University of Wales Trinity St. David as an undergraduate part time distance learning student. In 2013, I graduated from Manchester University with an MA in Religions and Theology, with distinction. I combine this with my art background now that I am a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University which I began in 2017. I am researching religiously themed 19th Century painting.
In my part time teaching (and student days) I had a number of solo and group shows at:
Liverpool Hanover Galleries
Liverpool Leo Solomon Gallery
Rochdale Philharmonic Hall
Liverpool Liverpool University
Everyman Theatre Liverpool
Highly commended by The Artist Magazine 2008 Rosemary and Co Peoples Choice Award (2008)
Palette Club exhibition, Atkinson Art Gallery 2009, Southport;
Art Teachers group show at Southport Arts Centre in from 9th July till 12th September 2009.
Group show at the Portland Hall Spa – opens 5th August – Private View – 9th August 2009. Extended till end of March 2010.
Palette Club exhibition, Bootle Town Hall 2010.
Palette Club exhibition, Bootle Town Hall 2011.
Southport Flower Show 2011
Waterfront Arts Project 2011
Spice of Life exhibition at The Waterfront Southport 2011
Patchings Art Festival (The Artist Magazine) 2011
Voted Rosemary and Co Peoples Choice Award 2011 (December 2011 issue of The Artist Magazine)
Palette Club exhibition, Greenbank High School, 2012 and 2013.
Merseywide Show at Liverpool Academy 2012.
Rufford Old Hall, group exhibition Palette Club Council, 2014.
Martin Mere, group exhibition Palette Club Council, 2015.
Merseywide Show, EditionsGallery, Liverpool, 2015.
Sefton Open Palette Club exhibition, The Atkinson, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and online in 2020.
Forthcoming Group Show: Flavours at the Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport. More information to follow.