ARTIST STATEMENT

Gardens have always held a special place in my imagination. Budding with colour, texture and form, they become ever-changing living sculptures, within which one can hide, play, relax and dream. Having tended gardens for over half my life, I have built up an intrinsic understanding of how plants bud, grow, bloom, whither and die. I no longer use reference material to produce my images, and instead rely solely on my inner eye and visual memory. It is this intimate knowledge that I attempt to capture and express in my paintings.

My love of pattern making has led me to appropriate artwork from across the world, and across the ages. Aboriginal patterns have always had a strong influence in my work, reflecting the land and a spiritual connection with it. The spiral, for instance, suggests to me; dreams, re-birth, the snake, wind and the labyrinth. This connection between land and art has always been a fascination of mine, from simply arranging stones on the beach, through to attempting to understand the vast Peruvian geoglyphs. I find Islamic art useful when considering patterns, and appreciate the meditative process of producing more intricately detailed work. Japanese art from the Edo period influences my compositions, especially when working on several panels, as in a triptych. Body decoration from around the world has always informed my patterns, such as mehndi hand painting, Maori tattoos, and African body art. 20th Century Western art is a wealth of inspiration from which I take most of my mark making, such as action painting and 'taking the line for a walk'. My principle material (acrylic paint) is also deeply rooted in the 20th Century, both in terms of its production and its qualities of plasticity and versatility.


Born in Kent, United Kingdom.
Lives and works in East Sussex, United Kingdom.

EDUCATION

BFA, Leeds University, UK
The Surrey Institute, UK
Epsom College, UK

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014
Studio 106, open house, Brighton, UK
Affordable Art Fair, London, UK

2012
Winter Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK
Affordable Art Fair, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, Moreton Gallery, Moreton In Marsh
Summer Exhibition, Balman Gallery, Corbridge, UK

2011
Winter Exhibition, Balman Gallery, Corbridge, UK
Christmas Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
Pickett's Press, New York
Brighton Art Fair, Brighton, UK
Summer Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK
Studio 106, Brighton, UK
Toovey's contemporary art auction, Horsham Museum, Horsham
Affordable Art Fair, London, UK

2010
Winter Exhibition, Balman Gallery, Corbridge, UK
Cambridge Contemprary Art (Solo), Cambridge, UK
Christmas Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK
Summer Exhibition, Red Biddy Gallery, Shalford, UK
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK
Summer Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK
Affordable Art Fair, London, UK

2009
Balman Gallery, winter show, Corbridge, UK
Cambridge Contemporary Art, Christmas show, Cambridge, UK
Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY
Brighton Art Fair, Corn Exchange, Brighton, UK
Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK
Red Biddy Gallery, Shalford, UK
Affordable Art Fair, London, UK

2008
Christmas Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK
Chase charity auction, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Brighton Art Fair, Brighton, UK
Summer Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK
Red Biddy Gallery, Shalford, UK
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, UK
Spring Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK
Affordable Art Fair, London, UK

2007
Christmas Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK
Winter Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK
Christmas Exhibition, Gallery One, Grayshott
Brighton Art Fair, Brighton, UK
Summer Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK
Summer Exhibition, Stark Gallery, London, UK
Organic Exhibition, Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford, UK
Olympia, House and Garden Fair, London, UK
West, Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, UK
Studio 106, Brighton, UK
Hertfordshire Art Fair, Ware, UK
Spring Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK
Spring Exhibition, Stark Gallery, Canterbury, UK

2006
Winter Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK
Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK
The Great Art Christmas Fair, Alexandra Palace, London, UK
Chase Charity Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Inspired Art Fair, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Arts, Cambridge, UK
West, Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, UK
Studio 106, Brighton, UK
Floral Exhibition, Twist Art & Design, London , UK
Affordable Art Fair, London, UK

2005
Studio 106, Brighton, UK

2004
Harrow Arts Centre, London, UK

2003
Brighton Artists Gallery, Brighton, UK

2001
Brighton Artists Gallery, Brighton Gallery 73, Brighton, UK

AWARDS

2006
Short listed for the Celeste Art Prize