Madeline qualified in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art and Crafts awarded by the University of Hull. This period of intense study unlocked the creative energy which had driven her previous career in teaching. She is now dedicated to establishing and developing her artistic practice.
She works in many media, often combining them together in one piece of work. A recurrent theme is rubbing back work prior to rebuilding; when this causes damage to the canvas it is often unashamedly repaired using darning stitches. Madeline offers the following description of her approach: "A chain reaction response to the exciting discovery of a new ‘place or subject’ is often followed by layers of research, reading and experimentation with different media, some ‘found’ and some recycled or transformed. In this way ideas are sorted, sifted and eventually integrated into my work. Artistic license is then taken to blur the boundaries between my first and second-hand experience with the fact and fictional elements of my subject."
In the short period since graduating she has exhibited widely, has received recognition and prizes and has exhibited at the Bankside Gallery in London.