Creating exciting and thought provoking stained glass art has become my passion. Iím always looking to break the rules of design.
Hello to you all and thank you for visiting.
A little about me, Iíve been married for 30 years, to the same man! We have 2 boys, well men now, 27 and 28yrs old, yikes!
My career started as a nursing auxiliary at 17yrs after leaving school. Then followed Registered General Nurse training in Eastbourne. I also trained as a midwife, but my heart always took me back to nursing. Throughout my 20 years nursing, my greatest gift was the 6 years I worked at St Wilfredís Hospice in Eastbourne. It was truly a special place and a privilege to work there.
I then somehow found myself taking on a nursery school. My boys were at primary school, I enrolled at college for 2 years and gained a BTec National Diploma in Childhood Studies all at the same time as running the nursery. What was I thinking.
We all survived and for the next 6 years I was teaching 3-5 yr olds. It was during that time that I noticed how freely young children create art. My journey with painting started around this time.
I took classes and read books, watched videos and experimented. I never quite knew what to expect from my painting, sometimes it worked and other times the canvas was just a confusion and often ended up in a skip.
I have always had a creative mind, but it wasnít until I found the fascinating art of stained glass that I felt Iíd found my passion and all that I had learnt before was now being transposed into my stained glass art.
I use the traditional lead came method, copper foil and appliquť, sometimes in combination. Sometimes Iíll start with an overview of a plan for a project and because of the nature of glass, and the way that I follow my intuition as I work, each piece is unique and a complete surprise!
As you can imagine, I donít have one genre. I use all types of glass and methods.
Iím particularly drawn to opaque glass which has a life all of its own and is fantastic for landscapes. In East Sussex we are spoilt for inspiration living next to the South Downs and the sea. Iím also drawn to Japanese design and abstract patterns, the ideas often driven by the glass itself. I have followed existing patterns but I prefer to adapt or create my own.
Iíll continually challenge myself and experiment and keep on learning.
This is my first time at bringing my art to the public and selling it. I feel confident and proud in what I have achieved so far and would like to share it with others.
I aim to sell mainly through craft fairs. I like people to see in person my art, and i like the personal interaction.
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