Old photographic studio portraits are often aesthetically beautiful pieces, and in contrast to our current era of ubiquitous digital forums, offer a visual experience that can only truly be appreciated when looking at the original image. The process of slowly and meticulously painting over the photograph, to create a unique artwork, allows a slowing down of the pace of life and to reuse what has already been created and consequently discarded.
Through reworking photographs and reinventing the narrative, the controlled depiction is disrupted and a new story is created, thereby altering the relationship we have to the image. This allows a precariousness into the depictions and interpretations of the past.
The pervasive theme in all the artwork is an exploration of our relationship to the natural world, and in turn, the awareness we have of our inner, instinctive, animal selves. I am interested in the ruptures that occur in human behaviour that belie our need to appear in control, and hope that the artwork conveys a sense of doubt as to what it means to be human.
CV & Education
2011 BA Fine Art (hons) First Class, Bath Spa University and University of Tasmania
2002 Foundation in Art Therapy, City of Bath College, Bath, UK.
1992 Foundation in Fine Art, Hornsby TAFE, Sydney, Australia.
1991 Associate Diploma. Business Management, Yeronga TAFE, Brisbane, Australia.
Living Lines, Bridport Arts Centre, UK.
Artist as Polymath, John Ruskin Prize 2017, The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, U.K.
May Day May Day, Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol, UK.
The Curious Beast, DCCA, Poundbury, UK.
Secret Art Sale, Bridport Arts Centre, UK.
Bad Behaviour, Brixton, UK.
Lost Vignettes, Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Poundbury, UK.
Open Exhibition, Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Poundbury, UK.
Line and Mass, Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe, UK.
Bridport Open Studios, Dorset, UK.
6x9, Bridport Arts Centre and Tower Gallery Frome, UK.
Evolver Prize, Thelma Hubert Gallery, UK.
Wanderlust, Candid Arts Trust, London, UK.
The Working End, Bridport Museum, UK.
A Time and a Place, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, UK.
Dreams and Hallucinations, Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, USA.
The Art of Handmade and Alternative Photography, Vermont Centre for Photography, USA.
What do we do now, R&D by the sea, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.
Open Drawing Competition ’13, Salisbury Arts Centre.
Curiouser and Curiouser, PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont.
Uncertain Futures, Gallery of Photography, Dublin,Ireland.
Australia, Excerpt Magazine online exhibit.
Fotofilmic Online Publication and Final Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada.
AMPS, Photofusion, London, UK.
Spooky Show IV, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, USA.
2x2x2, Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, UK.
Central St Martins MA Show, London, UK.
Next to Nothing, Hampstead Heath Scavenger Hunt, London, UK.
Animating Me, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, UK.
We Can Rebuild Her, David West Gallery, Lyme Regis, UK.
I slip amongst you, Lyric Theatre, Bridport, UK.
No Women No Peace, GAPS, London, UK.
97 miles west, Free Range Art and Design Show, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK.
Graduate Show, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.
Selected Works, Dartmouth Avenue exhibition space, Bath, UK.
Diffusion Magazine: Issue IX. Open theme. USA
SEITIES magazine, Theme: Portrait. Feature Artist. Canada
Visual Arts South West, Artist of the Month for July. UK
F-Stop Magazine, Issue 77: Family. USA.
Plates to Pixels, online art feature, USA.
ArtNoise, online Italian art magazine, September Issue. Italy.
SHOTS magazine: Issue 121, The Five Senses
Diffusion Magazine: Issue V, A Proclamation For Unconventional Photography. USA
F-Stop magazine; Issue 59 True/False. USA
SHOTS magazine: Issue 119: Creatures. USA
AMPS: Photofusion Salon 2012. Published by Blurb. UK.
SHOTS Magazine: Issue 116: Open theme. Work published on cover. USA
Projects and Freelance Work.
2015-17 Art Teacher
Freelance work for Dorset Centre for Creative Arts, Weymouth College as an art teacher, ongoing.
2011-17 Art classes and private tutoring, Bridport.
Privately run classes and day workshops for adults and children to learn drawing, painting, printmaking and life drawing, ongoing.
2013 Gold Arts Awards
Worked with young people, through Burr Projects CIC, to attain their Gold Arts Awards, I was an advisor in Film Making.
2013 Finding Me in Bridport Museum, Burr Projects.
Bronze Arts Award course that responded to the museum collection to create interventions that related to the participants lives. Course ran between Bridport Youth Centre and Bridport Museum.
2012 Arts Awards Taster Day, Burr Projects.
Photography and print making taster day for young people at Lyric Theatre in Bridport. Participants were invited to re-think portrait photography through costume and performance.
2012 Film making, Bridport.
Short courses and day events to teach film making to young people. Worked freelance with Lovelearning and Loders Youth Club.
2012/13 Photography, London.
Work with theatrical make up students to create portfolio photographs.
2011 Next to Nothing, Artists Trail, London.
Selected to be part of artists trail on Hampstead Heath, the public were invited to dress up and participate in photographs.
1998/99 Art Teacher, Department of Community Services, Sydney, Australia.
Developed and implemented painting and craft classes designed specifically for people with learning difficulties.