Primarily my work has been about exploring the potential of the materials I use. I trained as a painter, and this has given me an understanding of colour and mark-making which has run throughout everything I have done.
I believe Art is uniquely placed to both comment on and reflect our times. It is vitally important to creating successful and positive societies. As a woman artist I am also concerned with areas of the visual arts (and history) that have been under-valued or ignored. As such, I am particularly interested in sewing as an art-form, and combining it with painting, as they have a lot in common in terms of their use of colour, texture and skill.
I’m not a thematic painter, I move between abstract and figurative work and don’t feel the need to be labeled either. Painting has endless possibilities, which ultimately makes it an incredibly difficult occupation and utterly wonderful at the same time. I want each piece I work on to be different and better than the last.
CV & Education
M.A. Painting. The University of Hull (Scarborough Campus) 2002-2003.
Certificate in Further and Adult Education: Portsmouth College, 1999.
B.A. (hons) Drawing and Painting. 2.1. The Glasgow School of Art, 1990-1994.
Student exchange scholarship, to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aug-Dec 1993.
1998-2000: Artist in Residence. Taunton School, Somerset. Open studio, with teaching responsibilities for GCSE and A Level.
2000-2002: Course Leader, Art and Design. Scarborough Sixth Form College. Responsibilities included the management and delivery of Art and Design subjects with specific subject responsibility for Photography and Fine Art: Budget management, course design, teaching and learning, staff development.
2002-2008: Lecturer in Art & Design. Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough. I taught across the Art & Design curriculum, with particular responsibility for Fine Art and Graphic Design: Planning and delivery of courses, marking and assessing student work, pastoral care.
RECENT WORKSHOPS AND PROJECTS
Aug 2016: The Big Read. Explore Libraries York, Quentin Blake children’s illustration workshop.
July 2016: Mural Project. Exterior mural for Infants playground, New Earswick Primary School. April 2016: Afterschool Art Club. New Earswick Primary School.
April 2016: The Big Knights. Children’s illustration workshop at Film at the Folk Hall.
Jan 2016-March 2016: Open Art. Art workshop facilitator for Joseph Rowntree Foundation Open Shop community project.
Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Autumn Exhibition, The Art Café, Flowergate, Whitby, from October 2016
Illuminating York 'Bunny Trail', 25th-29th October, 2016
York Open Studios, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th April 2017
2007 FLOWER, Beningbrough Hall, York
2007 MISCELLANY, Beningbrough Hall, York
2006 TASTE, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
1999 NEW PAINTINGS, Air Gallery, London
1998 PAINTINGS, Taunton School, Somerset
2015 Illuminating York 'Bunny Trail'
2015 York Open Studios
2009 Summer Show, The Art Cafe, Whitby
2008 magical/mystical/nature, Friar Lane Gallery, Nottingham
2008 London Art Fair, Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London
2006 Multiplicity, Kirkleatham Museum and Art Gallery, Redcar
2005 Gallery Artist, Blue Wing Gallery, Padstow, Cornwall
2005 neo, Cockermouth, Cumbria
2004 Painting is Dead, Long Live Painting, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Hastings
2004 Women's Work, Artlink Exchange, Hull
2003 Unframed, Cuploa Art Galley, Sheffield
1997 York Open, York City Art Gallery, York
1995 6x6, University of Northumbria, Newcastle
1994 New Generation, The Compass Gallery, Glasgow
1994 Paths of Exploration, The Assembly Rooms, Glasgow
1993 RSA student exhibition, Edinburgh