Growing up in a household that encouraged resourcefulness and using things to hand, fed creative exploration through art and craft, and led to teacher training as a home economics secondary school teacher.

Innovative customisation of traditional techniques in needlecraft,knitting, pottery, weaving, dying in the making of clothes, soft furnishings and decorative objects formed the basis early on for a playful, open and cross fertilising art practice rooted in the everyday of family life. This continues now as a core element of a distinctively generous approach to teaching adults in various situations: one that focuses on demystifying the art making process; opens up possibilities in the everyday for finding subjects to observe and render in artistic representation; stimulates the creative imagination while sharing practical skills, technique and know how.