Primarily my work is about the potential of the materials I use. My training as a painter has given me an understanding of colour and mark-making which has runs throughout everything I do.
I believe Art is uniquely placed to both comment on and reflect our times. It is vitally important to creating successful and positive societies. As a woman artist I am also concerned with areas of the visual arts (and history) that have been under-valued or ignored. As such, I am particularly interested in sewing as an art-form, and combining it with painting, as they have a lot in common in terms of their use of colour, texture and skill.
I’m not a thematic painter, I move between abstract and figurative work and don’t feel the need to be labeled either. Painting has endless possibilities, which ultimately makes it an incredibly difficult occupation and utterly wonderful at the same time. I want each piece I work on to be different and better than the last.
CV & Education
B.A. (hons) Drawing and Painting. Glasgow School of Art, 1990-1994
M.A. Painting. The University of Hull (Scarborough Campus) 2002-2004.
Certificate in Further and Adult Education: Portsmouth College, 1999.
Student Exchange Scholarship, to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aug-Dec 1993.
1998-2000: Artist in Residence. Taunton School, Somerset.
WORK IN EDUCATION
2000-2002: Course Leader, Art and Design. Scarborough Sixth Form College. Responsibilities included the management and delivery of Art and Design subjects with specific subject responsibility for Photography and Fine Art: Budget management, course design, teaching and learning, staff development.
2002-2008: Lecturer in Art & Design. Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough. I taught across the Art & Design curriculum, with particular responsibility for Fine Art and Graphic Design: Planning and delivery of courses, marking and assessing student work, pastoral care.
York Open Studios, April 2017
York Open Studios, April 2015
2007 FLOWER, Beningbrough Hall, York
2007 MISCELLANY, Beningbrough Hall, York
2006 TASTE, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
1999 NEW PAINTINGS, Air Gallery, London
1998 PAINTINGS, Taunton School, Somerset
2017 The Art Café, Flowergate, Whitby
2015/2016 Illuminating York 'Bunny Trail'
2015 York Open Studios
2009 Summer Show, The Art Cafe, Whitby
2008 magical/mystical/nature, Friar Lane Gallery, Nottingham
2008 London Art Fair, Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London
2006 Multiplicity, Kirkleatham Museum and Art Gallery, Redcar
2005 Gallery Artist, Blue Wing Gallery, Padstow, Cornwall
2005 neo, Cockermouth, Cumbria
2004 Painting is Dead, Long Live Painting, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Hastings
2004 Women's Work, Artlink Exchange, Hull
2003 Unframed, Cuploa Art Galley, Sheffield
1997 York Open, York City Art Gallery, York
1995 6x6, University of Northumbria, Newcastle
1994 New Generation, The Compass Gallery, Glasgow
1994 Paths of Exploration, The Assembly Rooms, Glasgow
1993 RSA student exhibition, Edinburgh