Artist Statement

Living and working in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Cumbria, I am influenced by the beauty and majesty of the landscape that surrounds me.  More recently my work aims to comment on the crisis we face regarding Climate Change and the detrimental effects of our consumerism.  I have begun to explore materials in the landscape to paint the landscape.  Peat, moss, elderberry and rosehip are applied to a strong paper to create an abstract landscape where the whole experience of being in the landscape is developed on the surface.   I also apply non recyclable plastics as paint as a total contrast to this,  to ask the viewer to consider where our plastic goes once we have finished with it.      

I was Artist in Residence at Rydal Mount and Gardens, Cumbria from 2019 to 2020.  Working in what was William Wordsworth's home and gardens was a real privilege and his interest in and passion for the environment has greatly influenced my work.

Exhibitions

2020

October 17th & 18th 

Pop up exhibition and shop

Lowther Castle

Online exhibition - https://www.artsteps.com/view/5f04a5993cb17f6687ffeb95

4th July to 3rd August

The Hive, Nenthead, Cumbria.  'Landscapes of Alston Moor'

2019

5th October to 27th October

The Old Courthouse, Shap, Cumbria

22nd June to 8th August 2019

Nenthead Arts and Visitor Centre, Nenthead, Cumbria

19th August to 27th September 2019

Fitz Gallery, Keswick Museum and Gallery, Keswick, Cumbria

1st April to 10th September 2019

Ravenbridge Stores, Kirkoswald

Solo exhibition of Giclee prints from original art works

2018 

Alston Aspire

Art exhibition in the North Pennines

 

2014

One day Only

Joint one day exhibition with Cumbrian artist and print maker Claire Bentley – Alston Police Station

2013

C-Art

Cumbria’s award winning contemporary arts festival, featuring special events, exhibitions, installations, an artists’ directory, open studios and more

2013

Alston Aspire

Art exhibition in the North Pennines

2012

Alston Aspire

Art exhibition in the North Pennines

2003

TAKS Launch

Through Art Keep Smiling’ exhibition to launch the charity working with Ugandan sculptor David Odwar – Oxford and Uganda

2003

Arrested Art

Open art exhibition, Bayswater, London

2002

25cm x 25cm

Exhibition where all exhibits could not exceed 25cm x 25cm, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne

2002

Arrested Art

Open Art exhibition, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London

Art Education

2001 to 2003

Leeds Metropolitan University

MA in Contemporary Fine Art Practice

1998 to 1999

University of Leeds (Bretton Hall)

PGCE in Art and Design Secondary

1995 - 1998

University of York (University College Scarborough and affiliated to Cyprus College of Art)

BA Combined Honours in Visual Art and Art History

Community Art

Present

Market Cross Alston

Ongoing collection of art works 

2019 to 2020

Artist in Residence, Rydal Mount, Rydal, Ambleside

Ongoing collection of art works

2004

Cowley Road Festival

40 foot crocodile, working with Oxford Community school and 7 primary schools in Oxford to create a festival piece to bring the whole school community together

2004

Do our Jeans Make Us Who we Are? Starworks 2004

Collaborative project with ‘The Art Room’ charity and Oxford Community School, looking at nurture versus nature, winning entrants with a final exhibition in Tate Modern, London

2003

Big Brother is Watching

Large scale installation of mono printing coupled with video and sound instillation reflecting the book ‘1984’ by George Orwell - Oxford

2003

Holocaust Memorial exhibition

A large scale installation of Giacometti inspired sculptures, sound from Wagner’s Lohengrin - Oxford

 

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