I was an undergraduate from Leeds College of Art and subsequently gained my MA at the Royal College of Art, London.
Immediately I left the Royal College of Art I worked for a short while hand painting costumes for the Royal Shakespeare Company. After that I took up various teaching posts at London Art Colleges while all the time continuing to work on my own creative projects. These included paintings, prints and drawings. I sought however a lecturing post that was out of main stream education and eventually started to work in London prisons where I taught the fine arts, printmaking and art appreciation. As a break in this work I was fortunate to be awarded a French Government scholarship and exhibited at the Ecole des beaux Arts- Paris. Returning to England after two years I resumed lecturing in prison, finally concentrating my efforts on a full-time post in Holloway as Arts and crafts co-ordinator.
In 1993 I was awarded the MBE for services to the Arts in prison. I was invited on various working parties; I worked for the Gulbenkian Foundation and was appointed a judge at the Koestler inter-prison Art Competition.
I continued my own work, exhibiting in joint exhibitions and holding a one woman show at the “Arts Factory“- Islington.
In 2009 I was awarded “Teacher of the Year” for the London Region.
In April 2010 my book on Holloway prison cataloguing the development of the arts in the prison, written and illustrated by me was published by Waterside Press.
My current work is an experimental collaboration between myself and a ceramicist to combine painting with porcelain.