Born Oldham, 1966, I studied at Rochdale College of Art and Fine Art at Lancashire Polytechnic. I lived in Brittany, France for twenty years before returning to the UK.

I work at Horse and Bamboo Theatre as a maker/performer. I’m currently leading a project ’Making A Change’, working with prisoners and their families. I also coordinate the workshops and Parade for Waterfoot Wakes.

I’m a musician with Cacophany Arkestra a parading Carnival arts collective who also run community workshops and write and record their own strongly political songs. Last year we made a special performance for the Peterloo Bicentenary, and we have collaborated regularly with artist/musician Professor John Hyatt, notably as the house band for his ‘Rock Art’ exhibition at HOME, Manchester.

Although I’m primarily a figurative painter, my work encompasses the demands of my other activities so I’m also a maker, performer and work with sound, music and video. I’ve co- curated exhibitions, and have appeared in public as a drunken mermaid.

I’m a member of Valley Artists, at Clarke Holme Mill, Waterfoot.