My Journey

of creativity

My first memories of making art was when I was very young. There was always something to make images with paper, painting, cutting and drawing with my nan.

.The favourite was magic books. You painted with water and the pictures appeared. The most important part of making any image, firstly is fun and the enjoyment of creating and  holding the finished piece and sharing it with family and friends.

 I was always encourage to take the next step, what’s next? I was asked. My nan was a seamstress and one of my early jobs was to tidy the bobbin drawer, putting all the bobbins of cotton into a rainbow, matching the shades from light to dark for each colour. All these things made me who I am today.


I also experienced photography and the darkroom when I was young. School holidays in Yorkshire with my uncle and his family. We’d go out at weekends with camera’s and take images, on film. After our evening meal we’d head out to the garage/darkroom to explore the days images. Firstly, processing and later developing it in the magic trays, adding liquid to get the magic pictures, at this point in mono five by seven prints. 

Photography continued to play a part in my life.  Setting up a darkroom in the kitchen, in our first house with Peter, who also loved photography.Later, having my own darkroom at home in a bedroom. Taking snaps of the children, family and events. processing in the darkroom was always part of the magic. 


Paper & Print

Being encouraged to join a camera club by one of my colleagues at work, I dipped my toe into club photography.  Sitting and watching the speakers, slides and prints was a fascinating gloms of what could be done.  I plucked up enough courage to enter an exhibition in the beginners section. To my amazement I received an Highly Commended  for a wreck on the beach and  high scores for the others. The encouragement I received from Keith Sudderby at Southport PS gave me confidence to  work my way to the  to the A section, represent Southport in External Competitions and enter individual competitions worldwide.  The higher, the standard you compete against, the high the standard of work you strive for. The magic of the darkroom still drew me to create the finished images to a high standard.


Being aware that there was a repetition of compositions and locations, on all levels I wanted to step way from the club image.  The inspiration to do this came one night when a speaker came to the club called Rikki O’Neill, that was all the inspiration I needed, adding your own creative style to your photography. This meeting, not only inspired  me, but realised the mix of my creative vision and photography. Creating my own style with the never-ending magic of Photoshop which eventually allowed me to gaining my APRS and FRPS in 2008. All the encouragement and friendship gained through camera club photography has lead me to have one woman exhibitions, be and international award winning photographer with my work in many of the catalogues. I run my own photographic group, which ran a national exhibition. Achieved, Highest scoring worker at Edinburgh International two years. Running workshops, sharing my texture skills.  In 218 being invited to be a Brand Creative for Hahnemühle Fine Art. 

SRGB Photo Group

Creativity is something that influences every area of my life, in every way, it’s a demon that has to be fed. You can never use up creativity, you just grow from one image to the next. I’m inspired by every day life, people I meet and emotions I feel. 

There’s no preplanning, no sketches, I love the click of the button taking the shot to the last sound of the printer as it produce the print. I only print my work as that’s what they’re created for. It’s fun to play. I enjoy being different and everything I do, reflects that. 

I hope you enjoy my website. 

Competitions 2020
Textures The Basics
Blending Modes
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