About Me

Thanks to   Bill Russ Photography   for the image.

Thanks to Bill Russ Photography for the image.

In 2005 I took a welding class that changed my life.

You need a little bit of background to understand that: 7 years earlier my husband, our two boys and I had arrived in the US from the UK to live/work for a year. I stayed at home looking after the boys – a big difference from my normal daily life as a physician in the UK – but I really enjoyed it. Once we had taken the decision as a family to remain in the US, I immersed myself with volunteering in the local community and organizing at the boys’ elementary school. Still, I knew I needed another outlet for my personal growth.

The intensity of that first welding class was challenging. I needed concentration, strong hand-eye coordination and training to improve. I was hooked! The ability to create art using the combination of high voltage and power tools was exhilarating. It felt like a whole new way of looking at creation.

I am attracted to metal in particular. The juxtaposition of strength and malleability in one medium is fascinating to me. A decision to treat it one way can decide what can be created with it at a later stage – you need a concept based on knowledge plus a little bit of intuition, something that is familiar to me from my earlier medical career.

In the last 12 years I have:

  • apprenticed with a blacksmith creating a foundation for my art.

  • joined the non-profit artist community, Liberty Arts, which has artists working in a large variety of media and offers many opportunities to improve and learn new skills, which focused my approach to art.

  • chaired the Board of Liberty Arts to help create jobs within the artist community and enhance artists’ working experience.

  • co-directed the Bull City Sculpture Show (2014/15)

  • helped to organize and successfully execute the growing Liberty Arts annual Iron Pour event at Durham Central Park

  • been featured in various Art Shows across North Carolina, including the Fearrington Folk Art Show & the Greenhill Gallery.

  • opened my own studio.