The dominant theme of my practice is responding to natural environments. Nature and the landscape have been part of my being since a childhood spent in the Peak District. The narrative investigates a correlation with the geography of these landscapes and how human interventions have shaped the terrain.
Following a degree in Fine Art at West Surrey College of Art and Design, I spent a career as an Animation TV Producer/Director creating and producing award winning children’s TV series. In 2007 I returned to my Fine Art roots and studied for an MA at Plymouth University. My work is represented in several galleries nationally including Scotland and has been selected by RWA in Bristol.
Scotland holds a special place in my heart, and I have had several artist residencies and research trips responding to the dramatic landscape and effects of the light and ever changing weather conditions.
In November 2019 I was invited by the Perle Hotel Group to carry out an Artists Residency at Glencoe House Hotel on the edge of Loch Leven. During the residency I discovered the work of Scottish Poet Liz Lochhead; the ‘Fugitive Landscapes’ collection is inspired not only by the magnificent landscape of Glencoe but also by Liz Lochhead’s bittersweet poem ‘Favourite Place’ which recalls the memories and anticipation of family journeys from Glasgow to Skye and the familiar milestones on the way. Many of the titles for this ongoing series of paintings are taken from this poem and others in the ‘Fugitive Colours’ collection of poems published by Polygon Books.
The paintings combine water-based oils and a variety of media including earth directly from the site, iron filings and copper oxide. Working directly onto canvases started ‘en plein air’ and from a series of sketches, the work reflects my response to the landscape and weather conditions I experience at the time.