British Artist in California. Lover of words and color, wanting you to be happy.
I am a British Artist and Designer that grew up on the South Coast of England. After Art School I got a degree in Fashion Design. My first job was as a Pattern Cutter and then I became a Technical Designer for clothing companies in London. While working for the creative fashion company Ted Baker, I realized I had a need to create for myself. So, in my spare time, I would create fun contemporary art pieces inspired by my childhood memories.
In 1999 I decided to have an exhibition within my own home for fun and invited my friends and family. It was a success. Within a few years I did twenty pop up art shows around London. I showed my art in small gallery spaces, bars and restaurants. In 2005 I got married to my soulmate and moved to California and was able to work on my art full time.
My husband had a job opportunity to work in Canada in 2010. Leaving my art behind in Palm Springs was very difficult. To continue to be creative I started manipulating photos of my original artwork with Photoshop. I discovered I enjoyed making prints using my art as a starting point. In 2012 I started to use print on demand companies for fun. Other companies then reached out to me and so I started licensing my prints on a wide variety of products.
After winning two print competitions with Printed Village, they then invited me to go to New York and film for the TV show The Profit with Marcus Lemonis. This was when a variation of my famous geometric print was picked for a swimsuit collection. It was this same year that I won the Threadless Accelerator Award. I was given a grant to help boost my art business. It really made me think about my art career and so I invested in an art business coach. She helped me look into why I create and deep down I knew I had a need to make something with my hands. There is something special about having something handmade.
We decided to return to Palm Springs in 2018 after the death of our daughter to SIDS. Not only have I been reunited with my art that I left behind, but I have been able to rediscover my passion for creating original art again. Since moving back to Palm Springs I have had several successful group art shows at Janssen Artspace, the Palm Springs Art Museum and two fun projects for Palm Springs Public Arts. This year I had my first solo art show in Palm Springs at the “Free Little Art Gallery” located in the Perez Design District.
I believe that art does not always have to be flat and it does not always have to be on walls. Which is another reason why I love to use Threadless. It's so fun to see my designs on such a variety of products.
Sometimes I like to paint in blocks of color or stencil my colors using handmade stencils. I also like to use plaster casts and compose my casts on canvas. I use found objects or plastic letters and make handmade molds. I work in a minimal and clean way. My work is almost childlike and naïve, but my pieces are created in a well thought out way. Sometimes the ideas have been in my head for a long time before I am able to execute them.
My original art works are inspired by memories or stories. In particular I create art that is connected to the games and toys I played with as a child or the crafts that I did, like knitting and weaving. The digital prints you find here in my shop are inspired by my original artwork and there is a story behind each piece.