I pay close and sustained attention to place and the movement of life - particularly in relation to the earth and what we label 'the natural environment'.
My process requires full engagement on all levels: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Although it might serve a particular social or environmental theme, the underlying motivation is always to align and come into balance with life all around - and to share my experience with others.
I like to to immerse myself in my surroundings, and allow the work to develop naturally, in response to a given situation. Focusing on my immediate surroundings moment by moment is a way of reconnecting with the earth, and fostering a sense of being at home in the world.
All projects, of course, require planning and organisation, to a greater or lesser degree.. Large-scale sculptural installations most often involve earth materials (wood, stone, soil etc.), and can be combined with manufactured material: a fusion of nature and culture. In some cases, people participate in the work, perhaps in a form of ritualistic walking - or perhaps by helping with construction, as in my B10 labyrinth event for the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere anniversary, 2013.
Recently, my main focus has shifted more and more towards a smaller-scale, more transient approach to work - though my general themes and preoccupations remain the same. This development involves short-lived sculptural works alongside photography and other media. It is, in fact, a way of working that I have always pursued privately, but has gradually become more prominent and public. It has evolved into much more widely disseminated outcomes, often online.
Other threads in my practice are my small low-key art walks and workshops, designed to encourage intuitive responses to the environment through arts activity. These developed out of my Essential Nature project back in June 2010. They are a way of sharing my concerns and techniques, and have led to a number of people taking up their own creative practices, and some to continue walking with me on an informal, word-of mouth basis.
I aim for simplicity in all my work, which allows freedom of interpretation and can often shed light on current concerns, globally or within my immediate locality.
My practice overall is anchored in the exploration of 'place' moment by moment; and of being here, now.
CV & Education
2012 - Resting Place (made for Land Art Festival), Park at the Museum in Kozlowka, Lubartow, Poland
2011 - Essential Nature, continuing self-initiated public events, North Devon coast
Qualifications and training
2010 - MA Arts and Ecology (Merit), University College, Falmouth, Dartington College of Arts
1992 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Brighton, Brighton
2009 - 'Skystones', Tapeley Park, North Devon
2007 - 'Flights of Fancy', Westcott Barton/ Devon Art Works, Devon
2006 - ' I Am Here Now', VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities), Northumberland
2000 - YOTA (Year of the Artist) Exhibition, Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex
2009 - North Devon Open Art Show, Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, Barnstaple, Devon
2008 - The Great Purpose of Landscape Art..., The Arts Pavilion, Mile End Park, London
2007 - Myth of Place, The Ox Warehouse Gallery , Macao, China
2004 - International Symposium Exhibition, Silbury Group Westgate Farm, Milton Keynes
2003 - Chantiers D'Art, Town Centre, Cunlhat, France
2001 - Japanese and Western Contemporary Art Exhibition, Global Café Gallery, Piccadilly, London
2000 - Celebrating Green Spaces, Q Arts, Derby
2000 - Voices of Earth and Air; two artists collaboration, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2005 - Ascension, Lez'arts en Adret, Hautecour, Savoie, France
2005 - Year-long Residency, VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities), Tarset, Northumberland
2004 - Sculpting Summer, South Norfolk District Council, South Norfolk Broads
2002 - Kamiyama Artist in Residence, Executive Committee (KAIR), Shikoku, Japan
2000 - Year of the Artist Residency (YOTA), Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex
1999 - Artist in Residence, Wysing Arts, Bourn, Cambridgeshire
2010 - Divining Rods, VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities), Tarset, Northumberland
2010 - Essential Nature Art Walks Project, supported by North Devon AONB Sustainable Development Fund, Northam Burrows, North Devon
2011 - A Dream of Ancient Sunlight, Knightacott Woods, North Devon
2007 - The Skern, Appledore Visual Arts Festival, Appledore, Devon
2005 - Overlay, Hebden Bridge Sculpture Trail, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
2004 - Les Doigts D'Art, Town Outskirts, Salins Les Bains, France
2002 - Installation: High Tide: Low Tide, Chapel Arts Centre , Newhaven, East Sussex
2002 - Kamiyama Residency Exhibition, Town Outskirts (landscape), Kamiyama, Japan
1999 - Shiny Pebbles, , Brighton Festival Sculpture Trail, Brighton