My professional career began in 1995, when I won the Margerat Bryan travel Award from Nottingham Trent University, for which I researched and exhibited pinhole photography from traces on the landscape from the ‘Great Hunger’ in Western Ireland. I moved to the South West of England, where I taught at Plymouth College of Art and Design and ran photographic workshops for the National Trust and Plymouth City Museum. I then moved to Cardiff, where I completed my MA in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art in 2000. The geography of the South Wales valleys became the basis for both my dissertation and installation based work during this period, and issues of place and community, and the Welsh landscape in particular, continue to exert an influence upon my work.
In 2002 I began work as a lecturer in Photography at South East Essex College, and became involved in a variety of artistic projects in the local area, including running workshops and exhibiting at Focal Point Gallery, and exhibiting a series of cyanotypes at Southend Media Festival and 'Margate Rocks'. It was during this period that I fully developed my teaching practice, ranging from leading the delivery of lens based media at national diploma, A level and HND / degree level, to working as a facilitator on video projects developed by and for young people with challenging behaviour.