I create glass art using traditional and modern stained glass techniques of lead, copper-foiling, and glass fusing. I enhance my work with kiln-fired paint, which means my images become part of the glass permanently.
My work is inspired by the natural world and the changing of seasons, and tends towards detail, which suits the making of small panels and items such as sun-catchers. I love the interplay of light and colour that using stained glass as a medium allows, and the element of unpredictability due to differing light conditions or even the movement of something behind the glass, like trees outside.
I form my ideas through drawings, sketches and photographs, and take a camera almost everywhere I go so as not to miss a view or an object of interest.
Although I have no formal artistic training, I have a degree in History and an appreciation of stained glass from traditional medieval images through to modern windows and items that bring the art into the home. I also admire the works of the Impressionist painters, which has influenced my approach to using colour.
I learnt the traditional lead method of stained glass construction at an adult education college some years ago. My interest was rekindled as son's home education was drawing to an end and since April 2016 I have concentrated on improving my skills, including attended courses in glass painting and glass fusing.
I am an accredited artist for Newbury and North Hampshire Open Studios and a member of the Made in Mortimer group.
I particularly enjoy creating commissioned pieces, incorporating personal detail into my art to make meaningful and unusual gifts.
If you are interested in commissioning an artwork, I would love to hear from you.