My art practice primarily consists of drawing, painting and printmaking, derived from the ancient woodland landscapes of England and Wales, particularly Mortimer Forest, South Shropshire.
My work has been an exploration of a twilight world that lives between the conscious and the ephemeral, a place that exists within me and within the countryside I explore. Much of my work does not follow a linear path.
Many of the themes I use in my drawings and paintings are constantly revisited, reworking and developing my original ideas further. Compositions such as Archway, Estuary and Dark Woods have been subjects I have come back to many times.
I am currently working on a series of large paintings. The content is a mixture of revisited ideas and new themes linked to the landscape and within this context I see the work following in a tradition of Romantic Landscape imagery.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2001 - PGCE in Art and Design, University of Greenwich, Greenwich, London
1996 - Fine Art Honours Degree, UCE in Birmingham, Margaret Street, Birmingham
2010 - russell gilder . ancient woods, granary gallery, weston park, shropshire
2007 - solo show, chelsea design centre, london
2015 - Spring Show, BAP, Burlington House, Kings Rd, London
2014 - RA Summer Exhibition, London
2012 - 160 Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Queen St, Bristol
2012 - DAN Group Show, Northcott Theatre, Exeter
2012 - The Great Create, Greenway House, Devon
2011 - Redearth Gallery Summer Exhibition, Redearth Gallery, Bickleigh, Devon
2008 - 156 Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Queens St,Bristol
2008 - RSBA open portrait exhibition, RSBA, Birmingham
2006 - Glasgow Art Fair, Stark Gallery, George Square, Glasgow
Competitions, prizes and awards
2012 - John Moores 2012 painting prize (shortlisted), walker Gallery, liverpool
2011 - The Plough Open Drawing Competition, Finalist, The Plough Art Centre, Devon
2007 - Lynn Stainer-Painters Prize, Finalist, Painters Hall, Little Trinity Lane, London
2004 - Discerning Eye, Finalist, Mall Galleries, London
2003 - Hunting Prize, Finalist, Royal College of Art, London
Educational experience - secondary
2004 - Art Teacher, Wellington College, Berkshire
Educational experience - tertiary
2000 - Art and Design Lecturer, Northwest Kent College of Further Education, Dartford, Kent