I have painted and made things since I was a child. As soon as I could walk I was off on an adventure to find some peace and quiet to get on with the business of finding things to create pictures with.
I remember excitedly running out into the school playground, just so that I could draw shapes into the gravelled tarmac area, where a discarded brick would become the starting point of a masterpiece!
For me, being an 'Artist' or creating 'Art' is not a career choice nor is it always about producing pretty, pleasing images, using the same technique and formulae over and over again.
I don't follow a style or copy one and I don't have a singular message to convey. What my work is, is a sincere attempt at understanding and responding to the world around me, with all its complexities and contradictions.
It is true that when you reach a certain age, as you experience the death of friends and family, your thoughts turn to your own mortality, your footprint in the world, your legacy. Using the materials that I am surrounded by; Sweet wrappers, plastic bottles, shredded paper, cardboard and old material, which would otherwise become landfill,I hope to create something fluid, spontaneous but also gentle and contemplative.
My current body of work involves revisiting and reworking old, previous forgotten, unfinished or discarded paintings. In this way, as a creator, consumer and critic, these works form part of my own mindfulness, my personal journey and that legacy.
CV & Education
Bath Academy of Art – BA(Hons) Sculpture/Printmaking.
St Helens College of Art – 2 year Foundation. Dip AD.
2017 - 'Looking Now at It' - Group Show. Rathbone Studios. Birkenhead. Wirral.
2017 - LMH Festival Exhibition. Brink. Liverpool.
2017 - WSA Open. Williamson Art Gallery. Wirral
2017 - Seagrass Studio/Gallery. West Kirby. Wirral
2017 - 'Drawing from the Collection' - Gallery One. St Helens World of Glass
2017 - ‘Distant Shores’ - Group show. Waterfront Gallery. Southport
2017 - Liverpool Art Fair. Pier Head Village. Liverpool
2017 - Chester Arts Centre. Summer Exhibition. Chester
2015 - Tarpey Gallery. Castle Donington. East Mids.
2012 - 'A New Look at Nature' - Ruskin Prize (3 shortlisted works) Brantwood. Cumbria
2012 - ‘Reflections’ - Group Show. The Art Lounge. New Mills
Notts Castle. Nottingham Museum & Art Gallery
Melbourne Arts Festival. Arts Trail. Derbyshire
Leicester City Gallery. Leics
Leabrooks Gallery. Derbyshire
Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Buxton Museum & Art Gallery