I was born on a farm in Devon but lived for most of my life in Sussex. I studied illustration and design at Northbrook College in Horsham. After leaving college, I spent six months in Rome as an au-pair. The frescoes and decorated furniture I saw, as well as the Italian paintings, proved to be a great inspiration which changed my life.

Upon returning to England, a friend suggested I try restoring and then painting furniture which I salvaged from auctions and antique markets. I continued to do this for a few years, which I really enjoyed.

I moved to Shropshire with my husband in 2007 and began painting pieces which could be framed and hung on a wall, and found a whole new wealth of inspiration in the rolling hills, farmland and woods that surround our house.

I feel compelled to paint and draw every day and my paintings are a celebration of the natural world around me.

I paint in acrylics on to gessoed panels or wood which is then varnished. Acrylics are a quick drying and versatile medium which suits my illustrative style.

I am particularly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, and medieval illuminated manuscripts and I think this comes through in my paintings.

I am a founder member of the Redlake Valley Artists group and exhibited in their inaugural exhibition in September 2011.