Surrey Artist of the Year 2021
I am at my happiest when outside and walking the landscape. As a seasoned walker, I love to take in the seasons and how they create an ever changing landscape. Be it wind, sun, hail or fog, it's often the weather conditions along with smells, colours and textures that evoke the mood of a moment. Landscapes link to memories, so when I am in a field with crops and hedgerows, I am immediately transported back into childhood; cycling the narrow country lanes and blackberry picking.
Just like the smell of cut grass, rain on dry earth and sea spray; the aim of my paintings is to transport you, the viewer, to your happy place.
Like the patina of time, my work is multi-layered and built up and scraped back over time. Base layers are often revealed in part and this adds both depth and textural variety to my outcomes.
I like to contrast elements of tight, structured paint work with loose, atmospheric washes and gestural marks. Colour and texture are both dominant elements in my paintings. Expect to see a mixture of sweeping brush strokes, palette knife work, dripping paint, scratched back surfaces and washy pools of paint.
My favourite places to walk and sketch here in the United Kingdom include the Surrey Hills, St.Ives in Cornwall, the Lake District, Suffolk and Somerset.
BA (Hons) Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University.
PGCE Secondary Art Education at Westminster College, University of Oxford.
As a secondary school art teacher, I work with some incredible young people who share my passion.
This helps me to keep my own work fresh and vibrant.