Felicia has developed parallel careers as a self-taught artist, youth worker, and freelance designer.

She began her interior design business in 1999 working on a variety of domestic and commercial projects, and soon started to receive an increased interest in her artwork, with many clients commissioning pieces and recommending her services as an artist.

Felicia spent most of her formative years outdoors in a semi-rural area. These associations with nature, colour, texture and light have left an indelible impression. Combining her artistic practice, love for nature and skills working with young people, Felicia has contributed to a number of charity based projects in Aruba, Hawaii, and numerous projects here in the UK.

"I enjoy the indulgence of textures creating an urge to step closer and touch. Meaningful work, pieces that carry a message or that can go on to help others, there's nothing more rewarding for me."

Artist fulfils one of her ambitions to create a charitable clothing brand

A chance meeting at one of her exhibitions, with Leeds businessman and vice president of Barnardo’s Phil Taylor, led to a project Felicia had wanted to partner with for years.

On meeting Felicia, Phil was so impressed with her work that he bought one of her paintings and made plans to meet up and discuss a possible partnership. She mentioned her desire to devote part of her time and talents to working with charities. Phil explained that he is the chairman of the Firecracker Ball, which holds its annual charity event at Rudding Park every November raising more than £200,000 last year for Barnardo’s.

When she discussed the not for profit clothing brand she had been developing, Phil said it would be fantastic if she was able to design a series of T-shirts which could be sold at the ball, alongside commissioning six more paintings, five of which were to be auctioned at the ball. The theme for the T-shirts were based on the five key areas of Barnardo’s, namely; fostering & adoption, young carers, sexual exploitation, child poverty and domestic violence. All the designs delivered a message of hope and freedom.

Speaking about the project, Felicia said,

“The Firecracker Ball has raised over £1.7m for Barnardo’s under Phil’s chairmanship and the plans are to smash the £2m mark this year. If my designs and artwork help in some way to reach that impressive figure, I would be absolutely delighted.”

Phil Taylor added,

“I was really impressed with Felicia’s work and when she told me about her charitable ambitions it was a perfect fit. I am delighted that she has agreed to work with the Firecracker Ball and I am certain that her T-shirts and paintings will make an extremely valuable contribution, as we aim to reach our fundraising target.”

Release date: 28 October 2015
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