The Full Story
Having taken my foundation studies in fine art at West Surrey College of Art and Design, I decided that a break in studies was needed, and I began working in the real world. A brief 37 years later, I moved to Ireland with my husband, giving up all that normal stuff to take a BA in Contemporary Art Practice at the Atlantic Technological University, (formerly Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) ) and revisit my love of creating. It was a weekend course in Mosaic that kindled my interest in this particular medium, and a lifelong love of the works of J R R Tolkien has inspired my recent work. I was thrilled to exhibit at the Medicine Bakery in Birmingham in 2019, during the 50th Anniversary Tolkien Conference.
Keen to expand and develop, I am never content with standing still and will always be seeking my next engaging project.
I have completed several mosaic commissions and have exhibited and sold my work at local markets in my home town of Swinford County Mayo.
Currently I am working on a large public mosaic commission in Swinford for a local Charity, the Butterfly Garden (https://www.facebook.com/TheButterflyGardenMayo/).
I work with a variety of different media in my mosaics, including broken pottery shards, which I pick up on the beaches, sea glass, mother of pearl, beads, jewellery, mirror, and glass or ceramic tiles.
I love the way the light reflects from the different planes of surface, and also enjoy re-using broken pottery, as a way of recycling and making beautiful something that is no longer used.