My childhood inclinations towards being active and creative persisted into adulthood so driven by naïve optimism and a desire to express I achieved a Diploma in Performing Arts and then a BA Hons Degree in Contemporary Dance and Fine Art.
A career as a dancer ensued which led me to discover the wonderful world of Aerial Circus Arts. I trained in a variety of circus disciplines and went on to perform at the 02 Arena as an Aerialist in the Millennium Dome Show. Within this show I bungeed, abseiled, wire-danced, trapezed, spun in airborne wheels and stilt walked on a thrice daily basis. This was even more fun than climbing trees! Beyond my year in the Dome Show I continued to perform wire dance work and aerial hoop routines at Arts and music events. I also spent several years as a 'Wine Angel' which involved being harnessed to moving cables within a thirty foot transparent tower performing aerial contortion displays. As a dancer and acrobat I became very observant of the human figure in motion and of the way different movements influence the way we feel, invaluable foundations for the painting of expressive human forms.
During several of my summers I traveled around Britain and Europe performing at Airshows with Aerosuperbatics Wing-walking Display Team. As a Wingwalker it was my role to perform arabesques and handstands as gracefully as possible against forces of up to 4G on and around the wings and fuselage of a 1940's biplane as it hurtled through a series of high speed aerobatic manoeuvres, loops and synchronised fly-passes. It was an exhilarating way to view and experience the world which undoubtedly contributes to the way I so often depict figures floating or flying through space in my paintings.