I have always had a passion for the arts, from an early age I started painting and exhibiting my artwork. I studied at Paston college (art and design, fashion and photography), it is here that I discovered lino printing. I found a strength in creating prints as well as many other aspects of the art world ranging from designing stage sets, acting classes, creating fashion shows, developing photographic films, life drawing courses, learning pottery and sculpture. A career in retail followed at a local department store, my creative skills were put to good use and I was soon a fully trained window dresser, which I enjoyed for many years. A move to the North Norfolk coast and finding a job at Picturecraft of Holt allowed me to continue my artistic career. I love being surrounded by different types of artwork and meeting artists, so much so that it inspired me to seriously think about entering my lino prints into the IEA Open Exhibition. For the past six years, I have managed to get my lino prints accepted by the IEA and became Provisional Member in 2017, an Associate Member in 2018 and Full Member in 2019. I have always lived in Norfolk, growing up on the broads and spending many hours enjoying the countryside rivers, woodlands, marshes, fields and coasts. Being an “outdoor” person I spend a lot of my time on my allotments (three!) which are home to my small flock of chickens. Most of my inspiration comes from the allotment and being an organic gardener means I have lots of wildlife too, so my lino prints are mainly botanical and wildlife themed.