I graduated in 1991 with a Degree in Fine Art and Music, specialising in Sculpture, then later returned to University to complete a post graduate diploma in Youth and Community Arts in 2004.
I developed an interest in creating Art from an early age. I remember as a child spending all my spare time drawing my favourite pop stars, painting, using oil pastels and I loved using crayons to produce beautiful effects.
For the last 16 years, I have worked for a variety of charities and voluntary organisations in the UK and abroad, managing volunteers, fundraising and supporting vulnerable people affected by issues such as Drug and Alcohol dependency, Domestic Abuse and Homelessness. Within all my various roles I have endeavoured to include creativity wherever possible as well as designing charity Christmas cards.
I have also worked as a Youth worker in Youth Clubs running Arts and Crafts clubs and worked with young people who have been disengaged from education for a variety of reasons, using visual arts and drama, including mask & puppet making and graffiti art to help tackle difficult issues such as Sexual Health and low self-worth.
With all the different people I have worked with over the years, no matter what their life experiences or abilities, I have always been so heartened and pleasantly surprised how the use of visual arts can improve an individuals mood and in turn, increase confidence and self-esteem and I have often witnessed people who thought they had no creativity at all, surprise themselves by achieving so much more than they had ever imagined possible.
Working with Creative Minds gives me the opportunity to do something I love every day, as well as having a social impact by bringing visual arts to people who may no longer have the chance to take part or haven’t been involved in. I am looking forward to having many enjoyable experiences with Creative Minds and hope to help people surprise themselves too!
“As a child I loved to draw, paint and be messy, and not much has changed. I followed a traditional art education journey achieving a diploma, and then I pursued a love for creating characters as a Professional Make up artist for TV and film. After qualifying I worked on low budget projects around the country, developing my understanding for 3D design, mask making and sculpture.
What has always interested me as an artist is expression and process, interpreting ideas and emotions visually. I have always been drawn towards mixed media merging traditional techniques to create something with depth and texture. I love to be tactile and repurpose tools like painting a portrait using glue sticks or old credit cards.
Recently my inspiration has shifted after having my son. He made me realise how accessible art is – there are no rules or restrictions. Watching how much fun he has discovering new skills is hugely rewarding.
The training Creative Minds has given me has been so beneficial. I’m so happy to be a part of such a welcoming community of Artists, who share the same values. The shadowing session was fantastic. It really gave me a great insight into what being a part if Creative Minds is all about. I felt in my element and excited to get more involved.”