About the artist

Statement


I have lived beside the Thames Estuary in Leigh-on-sea and Westcliff-on-sea most of my life and my work explores my sense of this place and the surrounding landscape of Essex coast and countryside.  My painting practice is sustained by a deep sense of the familiar and entrenched memories of the landscape, walking and drawing and returning to the studio to paint.

Whether I am walking in woodlands or along the shore, I look at the structure of objects, natural and manmade, how a creek moves through the space, how light is reflected and bounced around a woodland or under a pier, how branches reach out to one another and I think about how to find an equivalence for this experience in paint.  I want my painting to convey to the viewer the sense of place but also the experience of creating a painting so that the marks and layers and time spent creating it are visible.  

Time in the studio is time for exploration and reflection; I often work on several paintings at once so that one will lead to another and ideas hopefully flow, I like to be surprised by the end result.

 

 

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

 

Exhibition History


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, 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