Lou’s career in the arts has spanned several genres - as an established jazz vocalist and song-writer (including TV and two albums); as an artist-illustrator with commissions from, amongst others, WWF, Amnesty International and Oxfam, and as a fine artist exhibiting widely, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Her former work as a health professional also enabled her to integrate these elements as a healing arts practitioner and coach. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for her work in music as medicine in palliative care. Lou has also been musical director for several community choirs.
Having already written articles for magazines (mostly apropos jazz and musician interviews) she now writes short fiction and poetry, and has several pieces published in two anthologies. Her recently completed poetry collection, together with her own illustrations, was published in July, 2023. She writes for the page and also performs the work as spoken word, frequently woven together with musical interpretation. Themes range from reflecting on the personal and observational to social commentary and broad spirituality - drawing on the colourful threads from her experience and enquiry into the human condition. She has a playfulness with words but beneath them invariably lie life’s deeper issues.
At the heart of Lou's work has always been her passion for the arts and her delight in performing for audiences, with a reputation for adding a warm atmosphere and vibrancy to an event. Lou is currently based near Brighton on the south coast of England.