My work is centred on drawing as a vehicle to express the sensation and deeper experience of being in the landscape. These drawings seek to express the sensations of the things we know but cannot see, to remind us of our origins. It shows the patterns of all things. In another way, they seek to make the invisible experience of the land visible.
Over the years my practice has grown in scale from working on paper (inspired by the landscape), to working directly in the landscape, producing earthwork drawings. These earthwork drawings are often large-scale drawings which are site-specific and are made in direct response to the land of which it is part using found, natural and indigenous materials (previous works have been made using the following materials: fallen leaves, fallen catkins, windfall apples, found branches, limestone, granite and flintstone). The drawings follow the pattern or harmony of the land they are created within. Often the pieces are temporary and integrate with the perpetual pattern of change in nature. Hence the lifecycle of each piece is determined by the natural environment around it. The earthwork drawings are not preconceived except for location and materials. The actual design of the drawing emerges as the piece is made at that particular moment in time and in response to its surroundings and the energy of the land.
I also run land art workshops inviting people and children of all ages and abilities to participate in making large-scale earthwork community drawings in the land. The aim of the workshops is to help people to find a greater connection with their landscape and to have fun outside, exploring and playing creatively for optimum enjoyment.
Qualifications and training
- 1994 BA Fine Art and Art History, Goldsmiths' College, University of London
- 1990 Foundation Course, Cheltenham College of Art, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
- 2009 Earthwork Drawings, Bristol School of Drawing, Bristol