Born in Sussex, brought up in London, educated in Bristol, I left school at sixteen to learn Italian, bookbinding and painting, in Florence. After art school in London, and training to teach art and English in Manchester, I lived in Sri Lanka, married, and was so busy with children it was years before I tried my hand at art again. By this time living in Devon I started a glass painting business which led to a commission for the windows in St Luke’s Hospice chapel in Plymouth. Family matters brought me to Chesterfield in 2005 where I learned Chinese brush painting - something I had long wanted to try. I am currently working in pastel, acrylic, glass paint and ink on large chipboard panels which inspire their own urban/fantasy scenes.
In the past four years I have exhibited and sold at the Great Sheffield Art Show, the Sheffield Botanic Gardens, Chesterfield Arts Society, and won their prize for mixed media in 2010 and the Chesterfield Open Arts prize for 2009. I have participated twice in Derbyshire Open Arts, exhibiting and running open workshops at Via Gellia Mill, Bonsall, and I also ran a one day workshop for Ashby Art club using chipboard this year (see my website). I am currently designing and painting a series of humorous pictures of ‘Things’ sayings, for prints and cards, [under the name of Huza, accessible via my website]. Two galleries in Chesterfield have had exhibitions of my work, and I have been invited to hold a one-woman exhibition next Spring. I hope to have my AA2A mural finished by then so I can exhibit that too.
OSB [ Oriented strand board] :n. Commonly known as hoarding or coarse chipboard. Easy to find in large warehouses, very hard to get delivered. But, after a week of trials that make a certain Australian jungle look like a pootle in the park, some of this elusive material is being delivered tomorrow to the college. Therefore I shall break open the champagne and a few pots of paint to christen it. Fingers crossed till then.