About the artist
I paint landscape and still life, my sea & landscapes are often semi-abstract and are a response to feelings and experiences of places I know well and feel connected to –the Yorkshire east coast, the Peak district and the north coast of Wales. This work is intuitive and I work from memories and imagination. With my still life I work directly from much loved objects, however in both subjects my concern and interest is in mark making, the expressiveness of exploring and creating a visual language. My main medium is oil, but I also like to use a wide range of materials including charcoal, acrylic, ink and pastel. Building layers, brush marks, gestural marks, drips, splashes, scratches, thin washes through to the juicy thickness of impasto, the wonder and joy of colour. I like also to keep up my practise of drawing using my sketchbook regularly. Along with a love of life drawing first started on my arts foundation.
My influences are many, some of them include; Elizabeth Blackadder, Joan Miro, Henry Matisse, Joan Eardley, Winifrid Nicholson, and Richard Cook.
I am a Sheffield based artist, born in Glasgow, I graduated in Fine Art (painting) from Trent polytechnic in 1986 and worked as a graphic designer before running a mural business. More recently I have been teaching art classes to adults and children, now focusing primarily on my own art practise.
2018 Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, ‘Human – Winter Show’ Dovecot Gallery, Nr Doncaster, Christmas Show The Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral Gallery Steel Rooms, Brigg, Summer Exhibition 35 Chapelwalk Gallery, AbEx show, Sheffield Silson Contemporary, Spring/Summer show, Harrogate RBSA PrizeRead more