My current practice engages with printmaking processes though I have worked in a range of media including painting, drawing, collage, photography, assemblages and installations. My practice responds to my environment: the urban and natural landscape and how humanity impacts on it positively and negatively. I am intrigued by what others feel is of value versus what people choose to discard.
I create work using fragments collected over time from a photograph, magazine cutting or scrap of fabric; from detritus, the discarded or overlooked. I am drawn to the close-up, abstract elements of familiar objects or unusual juxtapositions of shapes, reflections, text and colour.
I explore imagery using different printmaking processes and mix print techniques with collage, drawing and painting. I enjoy the uniqueness of the types of marks and textures you can create in a print: sharp edges and blocks of colour contrasting with gestural marks and textures on a uniform paper surface.
My creative practice informs my work as an arts facilitator helping people to engage creatively through teaching, residencies, events, commissions and exhibitions. I currently manage a charity Sandwell Third Age Arts STAA delivering access and participation in the arts to improve people’s health, well-being and quality of life. I am a director of Birmingham Printmakers, a not-for-profit open access print workshop for artists in Birmingham. I am a director of Make It Better C.I.C. supporting communities to live well through the arts.
CV & Education
I am a printmaker based in Birmingham, England. I studied Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton completing a BA Honours degree in 1992. I gained a Master of Arts in Fine Art from Coventry University in 1999. I spent time in France painting a number of outdoor large scale murals before moving back to my much loved home city. I exhibit across the United Kingdom.
I am a creative facilitator empowering others to engage creatively in the arts through teaching, residencies, delivering commissions & creative projects, hosting events and curating exhibitions in the West Midlands. I currently manage a charity working in the Arts and Health providing access and participation in the arts for people to improve health, well-being and quality of life. I am a member of Birmingham Printmakers and part of their management committee.
Solo & Group Shows
2018 Rendez-vous aux Jardins, Cairnhill, Rioux- Martin, France.
2018 Derby Print Open, Banks Mill Studios, Derby
2018- Saltaire Arts Trail Open Houses, Saltaire World Heritage Site, West Yorkshire.
2018- Open Exhibition 2018 at NNContemporary Art, Northampton.
2018-'Manhole Covers: Pictures Beneath your Feet' Solo Exhibition at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Nuneaton.
2017-Teesside Print Prize 2017, Saabat Gallery, Middlesbrough.
2017- 'RWA 165th Open Exhibition', The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
2017-Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum Open Exhibition.
2016 -'The Masters: Etching', Bankside Gallery, London.
2016 - IMPRESS '16 National Contemporary Print Exhibition, Subscription Rooms, Stroud
2015 - Salon at the Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
2015 - National Open Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
2015 - Birmingham Printmakers at Birmingham & Midlands Institute, Birmingham
2014 -Two Printmakers with Karoline Rerrie at the Theatre Bar,Old Joint Stock, Birmingham
2014 - Birmingham Today Competition RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2013 - Birmingham Printmakers: 30 Years of Printmaking, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
2013 - Birmingham Botanical Gardens Open Summer Show
2013 - The Ludlow Open 2013, The Harley Centre, Ludlow College, Ludlow
2013 - The Worcester Open , Worcester Museum & Art Gallery, Worcester WR1 1DT
2012 - Print-side, The Bond Gallery, Birmingham
2012 - Royal Society of Painter Printmakers RE Open, Bankside Gallery, London SE1 9JH
2012 - The 8th British International Mini Print Exhibition, Printmakers Council, Touring Show
2011 - Bainbridge Open Print Show, Bainbridge Gallery & Studios, West Norwood
2011 - Birmingham Printmakers at We Are Birmingham , WAB Shop, Birmingham
2011 - Wrexham Print International, Oriel Wrecsam & Memorial Gallery, Wrexham, Wales
2010 - Print Exhibition, Staff House Gallery, Birmingham University, Birmingham
2009 - Impress 09 National Printmakers Festival, Stroud, Gloucestershire
2009 - Pushing Print, Ingoldsby Gallery, Pie Factory & The Old Town Gallery, Margate
2008 - Solo Show: Love Me Prints, lucky Roars and other work, Malvern Hills Council Chambers, Malvern
2008 - Solo Show: Printmaker in Focus, Wrexham Arts centre, Wales
2008 - Print Open Exhibition, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, Birmingham
2008 - Performance commission part of 'Flux-Fest', 'Flummoxed at Vivid, Birmingham
2007 - Solo Show: Velvet Noir, Bloomfield Art Gallery, Essex
2007 - ArtsFest 2007, Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square., Birmingham
2007 - Birmingham Printmakers Show, Keele University Art Gallery, Keele
2007 - New Art Birmingham 07, Art Market at Curzon Street Station, Birmingham
2007 - The Birmingham Open, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham
2006 - A Stich in Time, Riverside Gallery, Richmond, London
2006 - Virtual, Ernst & Young in association with Arts & Business, Birmingham
2006 - Virtual, The City Inn in association with Arts & Business, Birmingham
2005 - Small Works II, Periscope Gallery, Birmingham
2004 - Solo Show: Red Echoes Installation, The Window, Birmingham
2004 - Solo Show: Things Half Forgotten, Haden Hill Museum, West Midlands
2004 - Blue Skies, Birmingham Artists Show, Custard Factory, Birmingham
2004 - Derby City Open, Derby City Art Gallery, Derby
2004 - Small works, Periscope Gallery, Birmingham
2003 - Solo Show: Arrangements for Impulse and Order, Library Gallery, Kidderminster
2003 - Birmingham Works II, Chuck Works, Birmingham
2003 - Flipside, St Paul's Gallery, Birmingham
2002 - Access All Areas, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry
2002 - Birmingham Print Workshop selected show, Warehouse Cafe, Birmingham
2002 - Birmingham Print Workshop Selected Show, Warstone Gallery, Birmingham
2002 - Birmingham Works, Chuck Works, Birmingham
2002 - Selected Prints, Warehouse Cafe Gallery, Birmingham
2001 - A century of Art at Warstone, Warstone Gallery, Birmingham
2001 - Birmingham Print Workshop, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
2001 - Birmingham Printmakers, Keele University Gallery, Keele
1999 - Spike Island Print Show, Spike Island, Bristol
1998 - Pressing Forward, Aberystwyrth Art Centre, Wales
1997 - 4 Birmingham Printmakers, London Print Workshop, London
1997 - Pressing Forward, Cotton Gallery, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
1996 - Making a Mark, Custard Factory, Birmingham
1995 - Birmingham Print Workshop, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
1995 - Proof, Cotton Gallery, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham
1995 - Twilight Shift, The Bond Gallery, Birmingham
1995 - Solo Show: States of Mind, Solihull Sixth Form College, West Midlands
1994 - Solo Show: Selected prints, West MidlandsArts Headquarters, Birmingham
1992 - First Bite, Cotton Gallery, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham
1992 - Two Printmakers, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham