Having studied fine art at Loughborough University School of Art and Design I moved on through higher education with a real passion for art. Painting and drawing in my free time I continued making art for myself, family and friends. Often pet portraiture commissions or watercolour gift cards, I found a love for gouache and acrylic and constantly strive to develop my own style and experiment with different mediums to continue to develop as an artist.
In 2005 I trained as a primary teacher at Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln before working in primary education for many years, leading schools in the arts and delivering arts awards to children who wished to receive a step towards qualifications. Seeing the teaching of the arts becoming largely overlooked in schools due to the focus shifting to “core” subjects, children are left without a creative outlet, without a way to express themselves or feel a sense of achievement outside of maths and english.
stART studio began as a mobile art studio in April 2018, with determination to getting art valued in the community from a young age, I ran baby groups in different areas of Norfolk, taking my little girl with me to join in the fun. In July 2018 I started our Art Nights and rented rooms in local pubs for adults who wanted to do something different in the evenings, get together with friends or meet new people.