I have a very enquiring mind. The natural world excites me and I want to explore it. Researching my subjects, learning new skills, portraying my discoveries in a diversity of media to suit each piece of work, really drives me forward. Projects are diverse but the central themes of nature, place, people and narrative are often integral to the work.
In 2008 I graduated MA Art as Environment from Manchester Metropolitan University and importantly my work gained clearer focus and definition. Always an artist but also a passionate gardener, these two paths have now started to merge and I am more influenced by food cultivation and sustainability.
A key part of my work invites viewers to look differently at food and focus not just on the harvest but the whole growing cycle, the value and inherent beauty of the entire plant. I portray food and its cultivation as the true treasure I believe it is through a variety of juxtapositions, presentations and displays often incorporating classical techniques and found materials.
New challenges allow me to continue my investigations and experimentations therefore I do not limit myself to a single subject. The diversity of the projects I work on contributes elements to my understanding of the greater whole. Currently my explorations include medicine and wellbeing.
My work manifests as site responsive / site specific installations, sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media. Enjoying a mixture of solo and collaborative working, with other artists, diverse organisations and groups, I am also well versed in public and private funding initiatives and commissions.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2008 - MA Art as Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
BA (hons) Graphic Design Maidstone College of Art
Diplomas in Interior Design and Specialist paint finishes, National Design Academy
2014 - King Canute sculpture acquired and installed by Knutford Town Council.
2014 - Invited by Arley Hall to create a bespoke garden bench for their curated sculpture exhibition.
2014 - Garden designed for the Cheshire Gardens Trust for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Shares in top show award in its category - 'Best Show Feature'.
2014 - Engaged as creative consultant to Holmes Chapel Local History Group for their WW1 centenery exhibition.
2014 - Lead artist for Dane Meadow Country Park - designing sculptural signage and illustrations. Managing creative theme across a range of suppliers.
2013 to 2014 - Elephant Parade - lifesize baby elephant - design and handpainting for year long, touring, public art exhibition
2013 - Entrance gateway, Elworth Park, Cheshire
2013 - Diamond Jubilee Arch, Bollington Town Council, Coronation Gardens, Bollington, Cheshire 2013 - Entrance gateway, Cheshire East Council, Elworth Park, Elworth, Cheshire
2012 - Diamond Jubilee Archway, Knutsford Library, Knutsford, Cheshire
2012 - Lewis Carroll Centre, All Saints' Church, Daresbury, Cheshire
2012 - Sculpture for RHS Tatton Flower Show , Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
2011 - Lewis Carroll Centre and Birthplace: Installations, designs and related projects, All Saints Church + The National Trust, Daresbury, Cheshire
2010 - Lewis Carroll Birthplace site: permanent sculptural installation - metalwork, National Trust, Daresbury, Cheshire
2009 - ‘BREATHING PLACES’ (BBC/Big Lottery): design of Churchyard garden extension and bespoke wooden bench, All Saints' Church, Daresbury, Cheshire
2009 - The Settlement - design & workshops for Arts & learning Centre, The Settlement, Maryport, Cumbria - also bespoke Storytelling wallpaper and fabric plus interior schemes,
2008 - Floating Garden for Cheshrie Year of Gardens, The Waterways Trust, Ellesmere Port Boat Musuem
2008 - Look Sea: celebratory installation for Liverpool Capital of Culture, Liverpool Parish Church, Liverpool
2007 - ....broad seas.... installation to celebrate 175th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's birth - artwork recycled after use, All Saints' Church, Daresbury, Cheshire
2005 - THE LAKE GATE - metalwork entrance gateway with disabled access, Pickmere Parish Council, Pickmere, Cheshire
2011 - CULTIVATE AND CELEBRATE; Treasures of the Kitchen Garden, Kirkby Gallery, Merseyside
2010 - CULTIVATE AND CELEBRATE: Treasures of the Kitchen Garden, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
2013 - Creative Whispers, MadLab, Manchester
2011 - SHROPSHIRE BUTTERFLIES , Dudmaston Hall, Shropshire
2008 - CReATE: Artists and their pallets, Gallery Oldham, Greater Manchester
2007 - CUBICLISM: site responsive exhibition - 4 artists, Victoria Baths, Manchester
2007 - THE BIG DRAW: artist led creation of giant waterways themed mural, The Waterways Trust, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum
2009 - Artist in residence May 2009 to May 2010, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
Competitions, prizes and awards
2013 - Elephant Parade national tour - 'Stop The Traffic' design selected.
2010 - Tatton Park Biennial - shortlisted, Tatton Park, Cheshire 2005 - THE ROYAL MINT - Short listed - competition to design the reverse of six coins of the realm, The Royal Mint, London 2004 -
Cowparade Manchester - designs handpainted onto two lifesize fibreglass cows for public art exhibition + design for porcelain miniature, Cowparade, Manchester
2014 - RHS Flower Show catalogue illustration for Marketing Cheshire.
2014 - Illustated 'Education' and 'Information' leaflets for Dane Meadow Country Park
2013 - Illustrations for Cheshire Gardens Trust
2011 - Butterflies of Shropshire: illustrations for art & poetry anthology
2010 - Photographs for Bioblitz website