After successfully completing a degree in Mathematics and Computing, I decided to pursue my passion for the arts so I subsequently obtained both a BA and MA in Fine Art. This then led into gaining qualifications in Equalities training and Life/Career coaching.
Having a first-hand understanding of disability through my own visual impairment, an extensive skill and knowledge base I steered my work to where my passions and enthusiasm shone: Integration and inclusion for disabled and creative entrepreneurs.
For over a decade I have been working as a mentor and Performance/Life Coach for organisations such as Shape, Drake Music and DADA South. In 2010 I extended my services to help disabled and creative entrepreneurs wanting to run their own businesses and so have been working with fine artists, authors, Yoga teachers musicians and singers. My specialism has been in personal and business development working around individual needs – limited time due to disability.
I am an established freelance Disability/Visual Equality Trainer, who has been working since 2003 with commercial, public and third sector organisations. I have worked with major disability and arts organisations including Shape, the Serpentine Gallery and The Ambassador Theatre Group. Have also served for some time as Chair of Extant and Vice-Chair of The Audio Description Association and currently am Director of Disability and Inclusion for MAMOMI Initiative.
I have also established a number of commercial arts, coaching and training products and services. These include Scented/Tactile Greetings Cards, a Braille Identity and Business Card Service, Lynn’s Art Tactile Drawing Packs and Lynn’s Place (a membership scheme for isolated artists and entrepreneurs).
I have exhibited my concept multi-media art in group and solo shows, since the 1990’s, both nationally and internationally. The ambition behind my art is to elevate the senses, perceptions and language to a higher status, which is usually reserved for the purely visual.
My art is informed, but not dominated, by my visual impairment. In fact the art is intrinsic to my work as a Mentor/Life Coach, Disability Arts Consultant and Equality/Awareness Trainer. Likewise, these other aspects of my career feed back into my art.