The aspiration of my painting through drawing is to respond to the language and history of landscape in a 21st century context to assert the interconnection between man/woman and nature. I am concerned with the forensics and history of what we really see in the landscape which is often recorded in the naming of places. Beyond the 'picturesque' of landscape lies another history; one of birth, death, betrayal, renewal. Through my drawings I decipher the puzzle, or rebus, that landscape presents, conscious that the elements of earth, fire, water and air are joined in some cultures by a fifth element, wood. Landscape is not just about looking but about smell, sound and touch. It is the interconnectivity of all of these elements that interests me; that something beyond the surface. Paul Nash described it as the 'magic' within landscape.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2014 - MFA Wimbledon College of Art. 2012 - BA (Hons) Fine and Applied Art. Painting. First Class Honours, University of Ulster, Belfast.
Solo exhibitions 2015:'There is No Single Answer' the Market Place Gallery, Armagh in preparation; 2014, 'In The Garden of Europe', Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast; 2010 - Woodlands, Ravines and Related Works. Paintings and Drawings, The Safe House Gallery, Belfast; 2006 - Finding Voice, Paintings and Drawings, 182 Gallery, Belfast Group exhibitions 2012 - Connectivity, Paintings and Drawings, University of Ulster, Belfast
Grou shows: 2013: Quadrefoil, The Norman Plastow Gallery, Wimbledon; 2013, Threads, The Rag Factory, London. 2012 - RDS Student Art Awards 2012, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin 2011 - Annual Open Exhibition. Painting, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast 2010 - The Dot Project. Digital Print on Velvet, STILL, Belfast 2008 - Chelsea Art Society Open Exhibition, Chelsea Art Society, London 2005 - RUA Annual Open Exhibition, Painting, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast