About the artist

Statement


I am an Essex based artist living on the shores of the Thames Estuary. I love to explore colour and form in paint and mixed media

My work derives from a direct response to my surroundings, exploring light, space, structure and sense of place.  I find that I am drawn to those less loved places and things, edgelands, places of decay and desolation.  The Estuary is in many ways one of those edgelands, to those of us who live here, it can be quite beautiful in all its colours, textures and moods.  It provides endless possibilities for my work.

My initial practice involves a period of intense looking and enquiry, working in sketchbooks and exploring history of a place, getting inside the subject.  Even with all this thought and preparation, the final paintings are arrived at intuitively, using paint in an expressive way, allowing it to evolve over time. It is great to be surprised by the end result; that is the joy of painting.

 

Education


2014 BA (Hons) Painting, Open College of the Arts/UCA
2016/2017 Falmouth Intensives, Falmouth University
2018 Newlyn School of Art - Defining Practice

 

Exhibition History


2018


Leigh Art Trail 2018

Participant in LAT Residency at Leigh Community Centre ongoing programme of exhibitions throughout the year


2017


LAT Christmas Show, Leigh Community Centre
Hadleigh Art Trail Retrospective at Hadleigh Old Firestation

Leigh Art Trail 20th Anniversary Year, Estuary Gallery Barge
Spring Open Exhibition, Miss Annabel Dee

Yes to Nudes: an exhibition of life drawings, Leigh Community Centre, Leigh-on-sea


2016


Essex Open Exhibition, Beecroft Gallery

Winter Open, Miss Annabel Dee Gallery

Exploring the Estuary, Miss Annabel Dee Gallery

Spring Fever Open Exhibition, Miss Annabel Dee Gallery, Leigh on sea, Essex


2015


The Human Form: An exhibition of life drawings, Leigh on sea, Essex

Firstsite Open Exhibition, Colchester Essex

Hadleigh Art Trail, Hadleigh Essex


2005 Essex Open Exhibition, Beecroft Gallery

2003 OCA at The Place, Letchworth

 

Awards

2005 Best Landscape, Essex Open Exhibition

2003 Highly Commended, OCA At Letchworth Exhibition