Elaine is an artist based in the Wigan area who is a qualified lecturer in Art and Design and who has a Masters Degree in Contemporary Fine Art. She has worked in all areas of community based arts and creative education since 2003 and has worked with many sectors of health and wellbeing over this time.
Elaine started a community organisation in the Wigan and surrounding boroughs in February 2014 called ‘Art in the Community’ www.artinthecommunity.co.uk and works in many health and social care settings from dementia, recovery, carers, physical and learning difficulties. Her main focus is helping others to enjoy the freedom of creative expression, wellbeing and relaxation and this has become inspirational in her own creative development.
Her own artwork is based around natural environments and involves many forms of making from found objects, photography, site specific work, installation and traditional art materials, a sense of ambiguity, spontaneity and freedom are apparent in her work. The relevance of her own arts practice as a wellbeing process helps her to inspire and engage participants in the relevance of art as a means of distraction and inspiring activity.