I am passionate about the importance of creativity and self expression.
I believe everyone is creative and my mission is to enable others to find, explore and grow their own truly unique creative selves.
I coach individuals (artists and non artists), mentor artists, and deliver retreats and workshops suitable for everyone.
I want to help you ‘come home’ to yourself.
My aim is to create safe spaces which will support you in the uncovering, the exploring and the expressing of your most ‘authentic and creative self’.
I’ve worked in the arts since leaving school in 1975. Originally I trained in art and design, and worked as a self employed artist, teacher and lecturer. Between 1995-2003, whist still working full time as an artist, I underwent further extensive training in psychotherapy with the Institute of Psychosynthesis London and in 2003, having decided not to have a clinical practice, I chose to focus entirely on my own art practice and on supporting others to live with more creativity . After gaining a Masters Degree in Psychosythesis Psychology (Applied to Fine Art Practice) from Middlesex University in 2003 I followed up with a professional training in Leadership from the Coaches Training Institute USA in 2010-12.
Over the years I have taught art at many levels ranging from pre-school to Masters Degree and professional level. Other business experience includes advertising, design, manufacturing and property (development and sales).
All my work, and all other aspects of my life too, are underpinned with a committed spiritual praxis.
Since 1989 I have been practicing meditation, mindfulness, and exploring body work. Other interests include relationships, sexuality, and sexual diversity.
I am currently researching and writing about the relationship between creativity, sexuality and spirituality, and exploring the processes of perceiving art as a devotional practice.
I am personally supported with professional coaching, and am professionally supervised in my coaching, mentoring and teaching work. I am a member of three independant peer groups for leadership, coaching and psychology.
As an artist, writer, coach and workshop leader my mentors (to name but a few), have included included, CTI trainers: Elaine Jaynes, Okokon Udu, artists: Professor Danny Rolph, Sir Antony Gormley OBE, Janine Antoni, Alinah Azadeh and Zeirle & Carter, writers: Peter London and Eina Mchugh, and psychologists: Samantha Cairns, Steve Simpson, and founders/directors of Institute of Psychosynthesis, London: Joan Evans, and Roger Evans.
My personal art work involves self directed projects, residencies and collaborations in a number of genres including video, painting and live-art performance and most recently my focus is mainly on writing.
Over the years I’ve received substantial, ongoing, private and corporate sponsorship, several awards and residencies and since 1992 I have been regularly supported by Arts Council England.
Published written work includes a chapter on how ‘Love Transforms’ (mixed genre writing) which was published in Psychosynthesis Psychology – Theory and Practice Volume 2.(Institute of Psychosynthesis 2015) and my MA thesis explores ‘The Creative Process of Perceiving Art as we Journey Towards Self’.
I have lived and worked in UK, Ireland, Iceland, New Mexico, USA, Canada and New Zealand, I currently live in UK on the edge of the South Downs National Park.
As well as being passionate about art, creativity and self expression, I love the simple things in life: hot baths, crackling log fires, gardens, the sound of bird song, the smell of horses and touch of a loved one.
I am a devoted mother and grandmother, and I am, on good days, incredibly grateful for all life’s riches, gifts and opportunities but I am also often challenged sometimes, and on a bad day my gratitude can take a while to filter through the murkiness of the cold mud. I guess that’s all just part of being a human….