My work explores the transformative effect of light, investigating mark-making and referencing landscape through drawing, painting and collage. I aim to create works that evoke the experience of visual phenomena – of atmospheric light and luminosity – whilst drawing attention to their making, their edges and surfaces, materials and processes.
I make painted surfaces through a range of experimental means, some are ink or oil soaked, marked by etching and scoring. Some are dipped and rollered with household or spray paint then abraded back to reveal the layers. I collate and sift, select and combine, layering, revealing, concealing and occasionally wrapping with thread to articulate the surface of my work. Some fragments of paper are a decade or more old before they find their place in a composition and the search for the one that provides balance and contrast is addictive.
I am interested in the ‘objectness’ of painting - the relationship between the surface of my paintings with their sometimes oblique reference to landscape and the physicality of the pieces and whether it is possible to hold these two elements in balance.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2006 - MA Fine Art (Painting) , Wimbledon School of Art, London 1990 - BA Honours Visual Studies and Art History, Oxford Polytechnic, Oxford Solo exhibitions 2017 - Coast, King's College Taunton, 2012 - 'Object - Horizon', Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Summertown, Oxford. Group Exhibitions - Irving Gallery, Oxford, 2019; Drawing on Dorset, exhibition and publication, Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Country Park - Swanage, 2019; Bath Society of Artists Open, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022; New English Art Club (NEAC) Annual Exhibition 2019, Mall Galleries - London; 2018 - Millfield Open, Street; June - Aug 2018, Bath Open Art Prize, (2nd prize winner); 2017- RWA 165th Open exhibition, Bristol; 2016 - Wells Art Contemporary; Dis-locate, VW showroom, Oxford; 2015 - OVADA Seven Counties Open; 2014 - New Work from OX14, O3 Gallery; 2014 - 'A Grand Day Out', Art Jericho; 2013 - Drawing Show, O3 Gallery, Oxford; 2012 - Affordable Art Fair, Brunel's Old Station, Bristol; 2012 - 'How Are You?' charity Auction, Hemingway Art, Oxford 2011 - Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London 2008 - Les Chemins du Dialogue, Maison de L'International, Grenoble 2007 - MA's All, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire 2006 - 'BASE' MA interim show, Trinity Bouy Wharf, London 2005 - BHF Bank, London 2005 - 'Working for Peanuts', MA interim show, Space 44, London