My studio is the place for an awakening of the senses, a time to embrace the unknown and the endless possibilities offered by exploratory journeys into the expansive world of abstraction.
With landscape as my muse and colour and shape as my companions, each painting unfolds through curiosity, inquiry and a liminal approach enabling me to respond to what is happening on the canvas at any given moment.
There are no pre-destined outcomes or plans for what a finished painting might look like. I surrender to the act of summoning imagery from the blank canvas, balancing the accidental and the unexpected with decision making and response, respectfully allowing the painting to find its own way into being. I engage in conversation with each piece until we are both satisfied that there is nothing left to say.
The lack of prescription in my process is a conscious decision, so I remain entirely free to experiment with materials and processes. I employ collage, printmaking, drawing and painting in my work in various ways, creating layers of visual and surface history on the canvas. I explore ideas through sketching, drawing and making test pieces in cardboard, print and sometimes clay, looking for resonance; all of which may be later absorbed into bigger works, or remain visible in the studio as signposts to a general direction of travel.
My creative practice is primarily driven by a desire to capture moments of chance encounter as they meet with knowledge and understanding of self, process and the materials I'm working with. I observe and contemplate emerging narratives retrospectively.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education - Art and Design (Secondary/High School)
BA(Honours) Fine Art and Design Technology
Higher National Diploma in Art Foundation Studies
Bath Spa University, UK (Sept 1999 - June 2000)
York Business College, UK (Sept 1995 - June 1996)
Leeds University, UK (Sept 1992 - June 1995)
Newcastle Arts & Technical College, UK (Sept 1991 - June 1992)
York Arts & Technical College, UK (Sept 1990 - June 1991)
Volunteer Community Projects
Large scale murals in schools and kindergartens.
Sculpture projects with kindergarten and primary school students.
Props and set design for youth theatre.
Graphic design for community groups, including logos, website and branding.
Project design, presentation and grant writing for schools.
Craft and painting workshops with school students.
Environment focussed assemblage workshops with primary school students.
Research and submission writing for local community groups.
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