Having gained a masters in Chemistry from Oxford University, my first job was as a graduate chemist at Courtaulds plc. I soon realised that this was not for me, and I needed to work in a more creative field. Luckily I was able to move internally to work within the marketing and business development department at Courtaulds.
It was during this time that I first gained the experience of working with colour and dyes as I was responsible for demonstrating to the high street retailers that we could produce the coloured yarns they needed for the next season.
My marketing career then developed as I moved on to be the PR & Marketing Manager at a trade body, then a large civil engineering company.
Following having a family, I took the decision to work on freelance basis where I gained some great experience working at Jellyhaus (www.jellyhaus.com) a graphic design agency. This agency enabled me to explore and develop my interest in interior design as we had some fantastic projects working on exhibitions such as BBC Good Homes and Interiors UK.
More recently I have provided both interior design and marketing consultancy to a number of local businesses.
Then we come to the art. I have always had in an interest in being creative but I only started attending art classes in 2011. This has developed over the years to the point that I now regularly exhibit my art through Warwickshire Open Studios, Art in the Park and other art events. I was delighted at the end of 2019 to win the Leamington Studio Artists Open exhibition and also have a painting accepted into the Coventry Open 2020 at the Herbert Museum
Over the past few years I have also become increasingly involved in the organisation of the Warwickshire Open Studios event. I am now deputy director and along with the rest of the team have grown the event to be the largest FREE art event in area. The 2020 event was to have showcased the diverse work of over 350 artists at 142 venues. We are now thinking about how to make the 2021 event – our 21st birthday even bigger and better!