I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2014 with a History of Art degree and focused my final year dissertation on Art Therapy and Outsider Art in relation to 20th Century Modern Art. The therapeutic nature of art-making (in whatever form) has been of great interest to me since A-Level and particularly whilst researching for my University dissertation. As a self-taught artist I find the act of creativity in whatever form be it painting, craft or performance an extremely powerful tool for overall positive mental wellbeing. I have a great interest in holistic approaches towards mental wellbeing and development through creative expression. I often balance my work with part time voluntary art and drama therapy work with organisations that work positively and creatively amongst adults or young people with learning or psychological difficulties.
ithin my own practice I like to experiment with different textures and fabrics, natural and recycled materials to reimagine something new and developed on a page or within a space. I am deeply influenced by the natural world and the sensual world. Sensuality and movement is deeply embedded in aspects of my performance work. I am inspired by the expressive freedom of improv performance and dance and the power that it can ignite. These are aspects that I want to continue to develop and integrate into further collaboration work and personal development.