Following a degree in English Literature and African Studies at Birmingham University, I went to Ghana on a Commonwealth Scholarship to work towards an MA in African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. While in Ghana I became fascinated by the range and colours of textiles from woven Kente to Indigo dyed pieces.  On my return, I took a PGCE at Bangor University,  North Wales and taught Literature in  a Comprehensive School and in Adult Education classes through the WEA.

The pull of textiles finally led me to become self-employed and under the Enterprise Allowance scheme I started exploring textiles full time.

In 1992, I joined the Bridewell Studios, Liverpool. I ran a wide ranging workshop programme in addition to exhibitions, installation and commissioned work.  A number of Arts in Hospitals commissions led to two Residencies: Caerphilly District Miners' Hospital and  Glan Clwyd Hospital, North Wales.  Working with staff and patients meant expanding  the range of art  processes that I could offer, and I gradually moved away from textiles and batiks to explore other media.

In 2008 I saw a demonstration of  Cyanotypes by Alex Hamilton in his Edinburgh studio and was captivated by the process and immediately set about exploring its possibilities.

This co-incided with the end of the Arts in Health Residency a year later. In 2009 I applied for and was awarded an  AA2A  [ Artists Access to Art Colleges ] Residency at Livepool Community College, enabling me to use  specialist equipment to develop my work further.

I now focus on the Cyanotype process in my professional work - still exploring its potential through layering, text, photography, fabric and bookmaking.  I run a wide range of workshops to enthuse other people to this vibrant camera-less photographic medium.