My practice has become focused on collage and assemblages, these pre-used materials have the capacity to impose their own inherent properties onto a given artwork. This allows me, as the artist, a sense of freedom to manipulate media without imposing my own will on the materials' already established properties and so enter into a kind of dialogue with this media. This allows me to intuitively find the boundaries and structure of the piece during its making. This physicality; the tearing and stripping back reveals layers and history. The scraping back, erasing and forming is at once reductive, additive and organic in nature. What might have been thought of as discarded materials are valued and combined here with other media to create new possibilities and perspectives. The process might be described of a place of subconscious and conscious contemplation; these intimate pieces capture moments of beauty that are imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.
I did my initial training in art and design at Harrogate School of Art in 1987 and then went on to Loughborough School of Art and graduated with a BA Honours (First Class) in Fine Art Painting and Art History. I have been successful in receiving funding for various Community Arts Projects and completed several residences over the years. I taught Drawing and Painting at Harrogate College of Art and Design and continue to do Art workshops with Children, Teenagers and Adults and have trained to deliver The Arts Awards. I moved to the Scottish Borders twelve years ago and have continued to practice as an artist and have taken part and curated various Pop Up Shows and continue to exhibit in Galleries and Open exhibitions. I have work in private collections in Canada, Australia, Sweden, Germany, France, America, UK. I currently have a sketchbook selected as part of the Rabley Open Sketch 2017 touring exhibition.