''we are all of us in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars''
Life, the universe and everything is a complex interplay with connections everywhere one cares to look. I am particularly interested in how the same shapes appear everywhere. The shapes seen looking at tiny organisms under a microscope echo the shapes of galaxies seen through telescopes. I attempt to reflect this complexity in my compositions and I also use colour to heighten mood and to encourage an emotional response. I like to make multi layered work, to show whats underneath, inside, hidden.
To make my artworks I use a combination of techniques; painting, beadwork, material, glitter, collage and layering.
I love to teach and be taught, to learn the wisdom of the ages and be astounded by new ideas and inventions. I believe life should be serious fun.
BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1996, John Moores University, Liverpool
PGCE Art & Design, 2002, Bangor University, Wales
Accredited Practitioner in Outdoor Learning, 2005, Outward Bound, Scotland
Youth & Community Work Diploma, 1996, Wrexham County Council, Wales
Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair, 2018, Solo display
Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, 2017, Gallery display
Molten Blue Art Fair, 2016, Lilongwe, Malawi, Solo display
Lochaber Art Group Annual Exhibition, 2015, Fort William
Classic House Gallery, 2014, Kathmandu, Solo exhibition
Park House Gallery, 2014, Kathmandu, Group display
Lochaber Art Group Annual Exhibition, 2013, Fort William
Lime Tree Gallery, 2010, Fort William, Group display
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 2001, Group display
North Wales Open, Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 1992 to 2003
Wrexham Arts Festival, 1992 to 2003
2012 to present, Self employed artist
2011, Lead Lecturer Art, HMP Addiewell, West Calder, Scotland
2008 - 2011, Art & Design Teacher, Ardnamurchan High School, Highlands, Scotland
2006 - 2008 Supply Teacher, Highlands Council, Scotland
2006 - 2008 Personal Development Trainer, Venture Trust, Scotland
2004 - 2006 Outdoor Activities Instructor, Outward Bound, Scotland
2002- 2004 Outdoor Activities Instructor, Freelance, UK
1999 - 2001 Co-ordinator Children & Youth Partnership, Flintshire County Council
1991 - 1998 Youth Worker, Wrexham County Council
1988 - 1991 Self employed artist