Mostly I like to draw, direct to the page, with a pen - and combine image and word-play, science and poetry. I experiment with photography, finding things that aren’t there, like a face from an ice-box, and changing things through the naming. Though I experiment with other forms, such as clay, hot wax and paint, it is to the pen I keep returning.
Born in Coventry to Irish parents, I’ve lived here for all but ten years of my life, working as a nurse, in education, as a telephonist and manager. I’m a lover of the ocean, books, banter and dance. After decades of not drawing a thing, nor writing a poem, I’m making up for a great deal of lost time. It was Illness that brought me to art - it gave me the bug, and I’ve been smitten ever since.
Poetry awards include the National Poetry Competition and the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.
This year I produced, with over 200 local people, of all ages and from all walks of life, a giant map of our area, 'The Earlsdon Mappa', and instigated the inaugural Earlsdon Arts Trail. From January 2016 I will be starting a brand new venture - as Leverhulme Artist In Residence in the Chemistry Department at the University of Warwick - working with chemists on a project that will combine beautiful and beguiling images of the rarely seen chemical micro-world with words: "Verse Reaction".
Artist - Poet