I have been in love with Textiles from a young age, my mum was very creative and trained to be an interior designer. I inherited a lot of my artistic flare from her and my Grandma who is also a painter. I'd always hoped to be a fashion designer but I'd never really got that into drawing instead focused more on the Textiles. By A-Level I realised I should learn how to draw properly if Fashion was where I wanted to go. I took up Fine Art as well as Textile Art, it took me a while to get into drawing. I was advised to start an evening Life Drawing class, this is where I started to learn how to capture the Human form.
I fell in love with painting whilst studying Fine Art and in particular using oil paints, I loved the fluidity and expression that I could create. I have always been inspired by the female form and this is the subject that I mostly focused on. Whilst discovering painting I was also developing further my interest into Textiles and was able to combine painting and stitch together.
Upon finishing my A-Levels I moved onto Gateway VI Form College to study Art Foundation Diploma. I felt this year was essential for completely immersing myself within all artistic mediums and also learning new skills that I hadn't had access to, in particular a module in Photoshop and a short course Diploma in Photography which I loved. Having the chance to experience so many different areas with Art and Design was such an invaluable experience. I decided to study Textiles for my degree and went to the University of Southampton's campus Winchester School of Art to study Textiles, Fashion and Fibre. I chose textiles instead of Fine Art as I was more confident in my skills within that area and I felt that I was more confident, I was worried that my painting wasn't at a high enough standard. The course that I chose still gave me the chance to realise exactly what I wanted to focus on within Textiles having workshops in Fashion, Print, Knit, Weave and Textile Art. I graduated from the University of Southampton with a 2:1 in Textile Art in July 2010.
I have now moved back to Leicestershire and my portfolio focuses on the figurative form, I paint in two different styles. My acrylic work is bold and has strong bold lines, it is mostly monochrome with the occasional highlight of colour. My subject matter is usually iconic figures or painting the subject matter in a way to make them appear Iconic. My Oil paintings is expressive and usually focuses on the female form. I am drawn to the way that light is falling within the picture.
I also create embroidered art pieces stitching onto card to create textural interesting pieces that are unusual and unique. I am starting to experiment with incorporating my stitchwork with my paintings, keep an eye on my blog any news on pieces that are created!
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