About Me

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I was born in London and have very early memories of my  Dad drawing with lovely rich black Pelican ink. As a child I spent all my time walking, reading and drawing.

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After school I went on to do a Degree in Graphic Design, specialising in Illustration, and then a Post Graduate Teaching qualification….since then I’ve worked across a wide range of Art and Design disciplines, and combined this with teaching and consultancy for schools, heritage bodies and universities.

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I currently combine my own practice in painting and printmaking with coaching artists on a one to one basis, and in occasional group workshops…helping someone develop their own visual language and expression is fascinating!

 

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My own work combines observation and memory, and is a personal response to landscapes, and a sense of place. I’m intrigued by contrasts in texture and light, and I’m currently exploring margins in landscape; those areas where land, sea and sky merge, shift and change.

Wild landscapes of North Yorkshire, Scotland and Cornwall are particularly special to me and influential in my work…often places I’ve visited many many times, and favourite walks in different seasons, weather and light conditions.

 

I’m fascinated by mark-making and enjoy the process of developing complex layers and picture surfaces, using a range of art media and techniques. Acrylics are central to my practice as I love their flexibility and immediacy, but I also work in oils, mixed media, textiles and print.

My work is in both private and corporate collections, in the UK and abroad.

I am an elected exhibiting member of Leeds Fine Artists.

I exhibit widely, both in London and throughout the UK.

Please get in touch using the contact form to arrange a studio visit or to explore commissioning work, and also to subscribe to my newsletter and receive updates on what I’m working on…looking forward to hearing from you.

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