About the artist

Artist Statement

 

How does the environment, the place where I live or inhabit for a time seep into the sub conscious mind, how to interpret this place and how I see it visually in two dimensions, what is it that catches my attention, why does this small insignificant object appear in my paintings?  These are just some of the questions that preoccupy my current practice.

 

My semi abstract paintings always have their beginnings in the observed environment; through walking in the landscape my interest is sparked by the forms, both natural and manmade that inhabit the space.

Living by the Thames Estuary in Essex, a place of natural beauty and post-industrial decay in equal measure, I am drawn to unloved margins, edgelands, ancient woodlands and muddy salt marshes of the Essex coast.

I draw or photograph directly in the landscape and then return to the studio to consider the studies.  Time in the studio is time for exploration and reflection; I often work on several paintings at once as this creates a flow of ideas, one leading to another.  I like to be surprised by the end result.  I want to create paintings of landscapes where abstract things can happen.


Education

 

2014 BA (Hons) Painting, Open College of the Arts/UCA
2016/2017 Falmouth Intensives, Falmouth University
2018/2019 Newlyn School of Art - Defining Practice/Studio Practice

2020 Newlyn Scool of Art - Mentoring Programme


Exhibition History

 

2019


Leigh Art Trail 2019

Hadleigh Old Fire Station Open Studios

Newlyn Studio Practice Artists Group Show - Chapel House Penzance


2018

 

Leigh Art Trail 2018

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

Painting Live at Strand Wharf - Leigh on sea


2017


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

Leigh Art Trail 20th Anniversary Year
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