Painting and drawing forms the backbone of my practice. I take inspiration from my surroundings, predominantly the landscape and motifs found in nature, from fields, forests, rivers, ponds, beaches, hills and everything in between… whether I am on a train, a walk, gazing through a window or remembering a place once visited...
Within my paintings I aim to capture not only the physical properties of my subject through considered form and colour, but to also convey something of the atmosphere of a place, be it the sheer joy of a plant, the haunting light or the workings of a field – looking at both the minutiae and grandness of the world around me.I am constantly fascinated by the subtle patterns created within the natural and man-made world, reflecting ideas of time, growth, change and contemplation, combined with interesting surface qualities and mark –making.
Although my work is usually devoid of actual human presence, small motifs of habitation and activity are reminders of other people’s lives, often punctuating the larger elements of landscape. Hidden narratives and hints towards story – telling often features within my work.
Since graduating in 2006 with a First Class Honours Degree in Printed Textiles, I have undertaken numerous commissions and sold works to publishing companies as well as private clients. As a progression of my practice, I undertook a Master’s Degree in Textiles between 2007 and 2009, with a focus on drawing, painting and embroidery. I also completed a Post Compulsory PGCE in 2010, teaching art, fashion and textiles to college and university learners.
Since the beginning of 2011 I have been working as an artist full time, continuing to exhibit and sell paintings at selected galleries, producing commissions and developing my work.