I retired in 2010, bought a sewing machine in 2011 and began making textile pictures in 2012. I like to depict my favourite places in Devon and Cornwall, often coastal villages, usually with our dog Murphy somewhere in the background. Sometimes I stray from this but always return to West Country scenes. My major influences are the naive artists of the South West.
In 2015 I entered my first competition, the National Quilt Championships, and was delighted that my quilt won three prizes. More successes followed and a growing interest in my work led to invitations to speak to quilters groups. In 2017 I was very pleased to be nominated by the Quilters Guild, Region 4, to make a quilt for the “In the Spotlight” gallery at the Festival of Quilts.
In 2018 I was asked to display my work as a gallery of 20 quilts which toured the country with Grosvenor Shows. This gallery, which I called “Mostly by the Sea”, has resulted many requests for talks and workshops, one of which has brought me to Cowslip.
I am a member of the Quilters Guild, Exe Valley Contemporary Quilt Group, Exeter Quilters, South West Quilters and Over the Borders Stitchers.