My work explores the richness of light, the colour and the texture that I see around me. Often focusing on rugged northern landscapes with brooding skies and lighter coastal scenes that are based on the memory of a place or a childhood holiday. Each piece I produce is usually made from a collection of places which I have visited both as a child and more recently as an adult….. I don’t want the viewer to be anchored to one place but instead reminisce about many memories and experiences they have had themselves.
I stumbled across ‘Wabi Sabi’ and the ethos of ‘beauty in imperfection’. This really captures my inspirations and the work which I produce; I am influenced by tactile aged surfaces like peeling paint on walls and fabrics which are threadbare but laden with memories and stories to tell. I like to photograph and record elements of trace, things that indicate a remnant or mark of something previous, maybe something that will evoke a memory in the viewer and this also resonates through with the inclusion of images from my childhood memories….
My work is produced using hand dyed vintage fabrics and papers, I use acrylic, graphite, ink, oil pastel, charcoal, machine stitch and hand stitch. They are all produced on a heavy weight fabrianno Artistico paper, and I draw with a soldering iron.