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Born in Oldham, England in 1971. Begun training as an artist at Oldham College. Then worked for a while in community arts whilst trying find own direction as a painter. Taught for a short time at Oldham College as lecturer in Art & Design. In 2000 moved to Scarborough to study a Master of Arts Degree in Painting at the University of Hull. Graduated in 2002. Since that time she has built up a National exhibition profile, a highlight of which was to win first prize at the Chichester International Open Art Exhibition in 2005

The artist and her work

I was born in Oldham, England. Brought up near the Penines I immersed myself in the countryside of this area. Now residing in Wales I continue to absorb the creative impulses which nature inspires. Some scenes taken from my many rambles may be captured as backdrop to my Rennaissance inspired paintings. I began my art training at Oldham College where my development and interest in the painting of the figure and portraiture was stimulated. Early influences being Rembrandt for his cairiscuro and enigmatic faces and Stanley Spencer for his purposeful narrative works.

There followed community arts work and a two year stint teaching Art & Design, where I particularly enjoyed imparting hands on skills in life drawing. Drawing being a major component in my work and the underpinning to ant artistic education. I then studied a Masters Degree in Painting at the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus. Under the tutorage of realist painter Steve Whitehead I develoloped my technical and intellectual approaches to painting and its contexts. Looking for inspiration in both areas to the oppulance and inherent philosophiesof the Rennaissance and the Mannerists I developed a singular style. In particular the use of female worthies to establish a narrative dialogue. These strong women from Biblical, Mythological and Literary tales upturn preconcieved notions of beauty in art and wider society.

I, as the artist, utilize my own physicality and play with the psychology of self introspection. These images have great relevance in today's image obsessed world. Where women are bombarded again with supposed ideals, such as the size zero debate, and controversy reigns as to whom is to blame.


1998 Solo Exhibition, Grange Arts Centre, Oldham.
2002 Astley Open, Astley Hall, Chorley.
2002 MA Show, The University of Hull, Scarborough Campus.
2003 Astley Open, Astley Hall, Chorley.
2004 'People Matters', Black Sheep Gallery, Hawarden, North Wales.
2004 'Subjugation to Rebellion', Solo Exhibition, Stockport Art Gallery.
2004 Wrexham Open, Wrexham Arts Centre, North Wales.
2004 'The Melancholic Weaver of Whiles', Solo Exhibition, The Portico Library & Art Gallery, Mnachester City Centre.
2005 Solo Exhibtion, The Calouste Gulbenkian Gallery, Newcastle.
2005 Birmingham Ladyfest Festival.
2005 West Lancashire Open, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.
2006 Chichester Open Art Exhibtion, West Sussex.
2006 Shresbury Open Art Exhibition.
2007 'Images of the Divine', Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham


2005 1st Prize Cichester Open Art Exhibition.

Press & Interviews

9th Nov 2005 Manchester Evening News.
16th Nov 2005 West Sussex Observer Newspaper.
2nd Nov 2005 Oldham Advertiser Newspaper.
15th May 2004 'More Stokes of Genius form Tracy'
Oldham Advertiser Nespaper.
2nd September Metro Newspaper.
Feb/March 2004 'Contemporary Slant on the Female Psyche'
The Stockport Diary

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Artwork name: Fleeing Leda

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