Concepts: Essentially my work is an exploration of the balance between conscious and less conscious processes in my practice. Notions of control and non-control, automatism, the observance of my own automatism's and habits, and repetition and rhythm in this context are the primary means through which ideas, processes and responses are transcribed and layered. Activity is organised through the construction and development of operating systems that allow for the interplay of these processes which include elements of uncertainty and intuition. Subject matter has been brought down to a conscious selection of actions and ideas balanced with less conscious actions and responses, creating a coexistence whereby one is required to maintain the other. Influences: Abstract painting, aesthetic/formal concerns, process, eastern philosophies - zen, taoism, modern and contemporary art, design, music, dance, literature. Career path: After my first degree I continued to paint, taking a variety of part-time jobs to support myself. I joined an artist-led studio/arts centre in North Yorkshire and was able to maintain my practice, exhibiting regularly as part of the studio group and independently, while taking on various roles, working primarily within art education, including community projects, and in exhibition programming and management. I returned to London in 2000 to do an MA after which I was working part time as an Exhibitions Co-ordinator whilst engaged in further research through a part-time digital fine art course. Since 2003 I have been teaching FE students and have completed additional teacher training leading to full cert.ed status in 2006.
CV & Education
Solo exhibitions: 2007-2011 - FOUR Cpl, Long Lane, Barbican, London - 9 paintings on loan, 4 panel piece sold for new office boardroom 2011. 1999 - Somewhere in Between, Crescent Arts, Scarborough. 1999 - Yorkshire Dance Space, Leeds. 1993 - Paintings Based on the Taoist I Ching, Alternative Art Galleries, Chiltern Street, London, W1
Group exhibitions: 2013 Europa Gallery, Sutton (First watercolours exhibited). 2003 - A Gallery, London, SW19. 2002 - New Arrivals, South Hill Park, Bracknell. 2002 - The Affordable Art Fair, London. 2002 - The Media Centre, London. 2001 - BHF Bank, City, London. 2001 - Iris, Advertising Agency, St James, London. 2000 - BHF Bank, City, London. 2000 - Crescent Arts Studio Group Show, Crescent Arts, Scarborough. 2000 - East Coast Open, Scarborough Art Gallery. 1999 - Crescent Arts Studios, Eastthorpe Visual Arts, Dewsbury. 1999 - Moving On Up, Crescent Artists, Scarborough Art Gallery. 1998 - East Coast Open, Scarborough Art Gallery. 1998 - Out of the Studio 98, Crescent Arts, Scarborough. 1998 - Scarborough Arts Week, Library Installation (Bookwork). 1997 - Crescent Artists, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax. 1997 - Crescent Arts Studio Group Show, Quay Art, Hull. 1996 - Blue Funk (Bookwork), Levis Gallery, London. 1996 - Crescent Arts Workshop Studio Group Exibition, Crescents Arts Workshop Gallery, Scarborough. 1995 - Rebound, Stranger Than Fiction, Book Art Show, Site Gallery, Sheffield. 1994 - New Art, Originals, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. 1994 - On View, Crescent Arts Workshop, Scarborough. 1994 - Other Frontiers, Visionfest, Liverpool. 1994 - Yorkshire Artists Biennale, Scarborough. 1993 - Made in Yorkshire, Hanson Gallery, Hebden Bridge. 1993 - Two Person Show with Sculptor Oleg Prokofiev, ADT College, London, SW15
Collections: 2011 FOUR Capital Partners Ltd, London. 2000 JD Wetherspoon, Dublin.1998 British Midland, Teeside Airport
2011 Commission: carpet design