I am half English and half Norwegian and paint at home in Surrey. I graduated from the University of East Anglia with a double honours degree in Art History and Scandinavian Studies. While I have no formal practical training in art I consider myself, self-taught, my ‘art’ education is based upon 8 years of intensive searching for art and culture during my days travelling worldwide as cabin crew for British Airways. My painting journey began after leaving BA. For 8 years I successfully sold my art represented by New British Artists after being taken on as their ‘wild card’ at the London Art Fair.
Since 2010, I have been employed as an art instructor / manager at Arthouse Unlimited, a charity working with artists living with complex epilepsy and learning difficulties, in our shop-studio based on the highstreet in Godalming, Surrey. Artist led commissions and designs in conjunction with ARTHOUSE Unlimited, clients include: Univar, Godalming Library, Woking Council, Discovery Channel, Lush, Fatface, Oxfam, Guildford Veterinary College, Urology Unit at The Royal Surrey and McFarlane Telfer.
While renovating our home I took a 3 year break from painting my own pictures, busy with DIY. Now the house is finished, I’m painting again and have started working with a fresh new style, feeling liberated and energised. Last year I was chosen as one of the Liberty Open Call winner’s, working alongside their design team transforming my painting ‘Graffiti Summer’ into a repeat pattern design, which was printed into iconic Liberty fabric while also becoming documented within their historical archives. I was also the finalist chosen to follow for a BBC documentary ‘One Day That Changed My Life.’
My art work has been featured in Create magazine’s Women’s issue celebrating international women’s art and published in a book: ‘Women : Inspiring Quotes and Artistic Responses. My Liberty fabric design will also be featured in, ‘The Fundamentals in Textile Design’, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2021.
This year I became a member of ArtCan and exhibited at the ‘Fake News’ group show at Offshoot Gallery.
I have had work selected for 'Inspire' an exhibition collaboration with ArtCan and D-Contemporary in Mayfair and a show, 'Set in Stone' in Bath. I also have work accepted for Trinity Art Gallery and The Grocer bringing art into a modern restaurant at London City Island, although these exhibitions have been temporarily postponed due Covid 19.
In June my artwork created during Lockdown is exhibiting online in ‘Art Unlocked’, with The Whisper Gallery, 25% of sales going to Art For Heros, two paintings on show also won Jessica Zoob's Painting for Joy Competition.
Also in June, I have a couple of paintings exhibiting in a virtual reality online show called ‘Transient’ with ArtCan, in the Abstraction Room. My largest painting, ‘Rainbow Tsunami,’ at 222cm x 162cm, was selected for the curator's talk.
Most recently this month I have been painting hearts.
The heart paintings have been created during these past two / three weeks of unrest within lockdown while we are trying to re educate, understand and learn for the better, by how we can support, Black Lives Matter. The heart speaks of love, equality and hope for each other in our united fight against racism.
The rainbow colours I use when I paint echo the rainbows in lockdown seen as a symbol of love, hope and gratitude to our NHS and key workers who have kept our country going while we stay safe at home. It has also been painted by our children hung in the windows of their homes displaying hope, solidarity and togetherness.
This month of June is Pride month, the rainbow once again sharing love and acceptance for equality, celebrates, educates and connects the LGBTQ+
In the centre of each heart is a tiny heart - ourselves,
The encompassing heart in full, is our community and society.
A rainbow colour heart unites us in equality within the united colours of love.
We are one human race
Love has no boundaries
Art has no borders
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