I have been working in the arts education sector in a variety of roles since leaving university in 2004.
I have been an artist since I could hold a pencil.
I worked for twelve years as a design and technology and art teacher in mainstream secondary schools rising to level of Head of Department, Gifted and Talented coordinator and Creative Initiative coordinator. In this role I worked with young people aged 10-16 and their families, from a variety of backgrounds (EAL and SEND included). I am extremely passionate about arts education and increasing its value in schools. This is why I am an arts specialist school governor and member of various arts organisations such as the A-N network, Arts Award, PATERN, NSEAD and of course EDAN to name a few.
I currently work as a freelance arts practitioner, an exhibiting artist, a primary arts teacher and I work for TWAM as arts facilitator and assistant learning officer on a casual register. I work with groups from all walks of life in many different and varied venues across the whole of the North East.
For my own work, I draw inspiration from a wide variety of sources, nature and faces. I love to try and capture personality in my portraiture and I try and vary the mediums I use too.
You can find me on www.theartroomsunderland.com or on social media @theartroomsunderland