I grew up in Cardiff and then spent four years in Edinburgh studying for a degree in 3D Design.
On returning to Wales, I did a PGCE in Design & Technology before working as the Education Officer for Cadw, before moving to the Arts Council of Wales.
I have always had an interest in gardening and this increased when I set up Canton Community Gardens in 2009, working with Chapter Arts Centre to create a community garden around the venue including beehives, solar panels, outreach activities and litter picks in the area.
Around this time, my children joined Rhoose Lifeguards and thus started weekly trips to the South Wales coast and I began noticing the level of pollution in the sea and litter on the beaches during training sessions, which I felt was being ignored by the local council and the public.
I am a keen runner, sea swimmer and cyclist and have taken part in numerous Parkruns, 10k races and the Cardiff Half marathon.
We eventually moved to Barry in 2014, and since then I have helped to organise events for Rhoose Lifeguards, taking photographs for publicity, calendars and social media. I also helped to organise PhotoBARRYthon – Barry’s first photo marathon in partnership with Vale of Glamorgan’s Barry Making Waves, a coastal regeneration project.
As an artist, printmaker and photographer I want to capture our beautiful coastlines in my work, but I also want to raise awareness of plastic pollution, water quality and litter that affects our beaches in South Wales. As a regional rep, I would like to hear from you if you want help highlighting a particular issue, cause or event that I can assist with that is taking place in the Vale of Glamorgan area.