My most recent paintings including the 'Reflect' series have moved in a more abstract direction after a series of work initially inspired by Abbots Pond near Abbots Leigh Bristol. The paintings have become about the idea of reflection and are organised in a more formally abstract way by the layering of transparent and opaque paint surfaces with previous elements partially visible beneath. The painted surface, snaking and weaving its way across and over hidden depths of experimentation and struggle is like the surface of a lake, reflecting, concealing, always in motion, hiding what looms below. In the aquatic environment, uninhabitable to us, a glimpse of what lies beneath can only be hinted at.
Concepts : My general working methods in the mediums of both painting and print-making involve a slow build-up of layers of differing tonal values and opacity and the use of colour contrasts and harmonies in the description of space. Starting points for previous paintings have been memory and the use of tiny low resolution photographs taken on a mobile phone. I have been interested (in the present high-tech climate), to make use of low-tech resources and exploit the distortion and interference that is produced with the enlargement of a low quality image, (or distortion and heightening when relying on memory). Through the use of traditional materials, using untraditional tools such as decorating rollers and spray guns, the image evolves and emerges from a slow multilayering process, creating undefined spaces that the viewer has to work to interpret. The images /memories that I work from are all scenes that I have encountered but changed and distorted during the process of painting, to reveal something new, capturing perhaps only the essence of a place or memory. They suggest that there is more to the story. Some of my previous more figurative paintings are like moments, stills from a film or an old home movie. Ancient woodlands have particular appeal because of the time scale of the life in these settings, compared to the relatively short life of a human or the fleeting monent of a human passing through.
Career path Main Qualifications: 2000 MA, Printmaking, University of the West of England, Bristol 1990 Foundation in Art Therapy, Bath College of Further Education 1988 BA Hons, Fine Art, Coventry Polytechnic.
Residences/Artists Workshops: 2006 Armenian International Biennale exhibition and residency. 1996 Art OMI Artists Workshop Residency, OMI New York, America 1995 Triangle Artists Workshop, Marseilles, France 1993 Residency, Exhibition and Exchange, Oporto, Portugal 1991 Shaw Farm Artists Workshop, Somerset
Exhibitiing in solo and group exhibitions both locally and internationally since leaving education. Mosty recent international exhibition was 2017 Xishuangbanna group exhibition in Yunnan China and locally 2020 contemporary painters, Centrespace Gallery Bristol.
CV & Education
2018 - Station. Bristol harbourside festival.
2017 - Centrespace Gallery Bristol
2012 - The View Gallery, Hotwells, Bristol
2011 - "Stills", The George gallery, Newnham on severn, Gloucestershire
1999 - Brewhouse Theatre
1997 - Pfizer Research Company
1996 - Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
1995 - Bromham Mill Gallery, Bedford
1994 - Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
1993 - King Street Gallery, Bristol
1991 - Praxis Gallery, Bristol
1990 - Hewlett Packard, Bristol
2020 - Contemporary painters 2020, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
2017 - Xishuangbanna International exhibition, Yunnan, China
2015 - Battersea art fair and Hampstead art fair.
2014 - View Gallery Hotwells Bristol
2013 - RWA 100 years 100 paintings Bristol
2012 - View Gallery Hotwells Bristol
2011 - Summer exhibition & Christmas exhibition, The Bristol Gallery, Millenium Square ,Bristol
2006 - 5th Armenian International Biennale, "Stil" Art Museum, Gyumri, Armenia
2002 - If Pressed, Sherborne House, Dorset
2002 - Spike Island Open Studio, Spike Island, Bristol
2001 - Spike Island Open Studio, Spike Island, Bristol
2001 - Summer Show, Workshop Wales Gallery, Fishguard, Wales
2000 - Contemporary Print Show, Barbican Centre, London
2000 - R W A Print Triennial, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2000 - R W A Summer Exhibition (Winner of the R W A Purchase Prize), Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1999 - Spike Island Open Studio Exhibition
1998 - Beaux Arts Summer Show, Bath
1998 - Cardiff Bay Arts Trust
1997 - Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, Hampshire Off Centre Gallery, Bristol
1996 - Omi Exhibition, New York, USA
1995 - Triangle Exhibitions, Luminy Art College and La Tour du Roy Rene, Marseilles, France 1994 - Ernst and Young Accountants, Bristol
1993 - Taylors Port Company, Oporto, Portugal
1990 - Brewhouse Open, Taunton
1990 - Colston Hall Gallery, Bristol