BA(hons) MA(ed) PGCE
Painter & Printmaker
I am a UK artist, based in Suffolk, with a background in Art, Architecture, Design and Education, studying at Leicester then later at Cambridge University after which I embarked on a career teaching art and design. For the best part of twenty years I was involved in education during which time I worked with Eastfeast; teachers and artists working in partnership, researched and presented on the benefits of creativity in the classroom.
“Art & Design, give us a voice and raise hopes for alternative possibilities…
providing us with a unique way of sharing and communicating in the world with others.”
S. Whatling, 2019
I have always created, sketched, painted and been passionate about art and architecture. Within my teaching career and parenthood, I pursued ways to combine art with subjects to enrich the learning experience whilst continuing to create; painting murals, commissions for animal portraits and landscape paintings for local exhibitions.
The past few years have altered the way I work and view the world, which in turn has had a significant impact on my creative process. With the acute onset of a neurological disease and what has become a chronic health condition (ME/cfs), I have had to adapt to prioritise the limited energy available to me on a daily basis. For creative expression in both painting, printmaking and personal sculptures the energy to get there and follow through makes each outcome more personal for the journey and process it has taken me to get there.
I will continue to explore life through colour, texture, line and atmosphere, capturing impressions of moments while developing figurative expression. For example; within ‘Nature’s Embrace’ (recently created, original woodcut). I feel art uplifts and with the power of nature we can learn to adapt to our circumstances, wrapping life around us rather than trying to fit into a world that no longer fit us.
I continue to exhibit locally and sell online from Etsy, under my Wild Thyme Studio. Much of my work is owned by collectors in both Europe and the USA. I’m a member of Sudbourne Park Printmakers and the Ipswich Art Society.
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Take a browse in my online shop , Wild Thyme Studio.
New items are regularly being added including a range of greeting cards and original artworks. Giclee prints soon to be available.
See something you like but not currently available in the shop, please get in contact to discuss.