I am a professional mixed media artist working from a small studio in my home based in the heart of Cheshire. I studied Fashion and Textiles at John Moores University and later I went on to complete a Masters Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. I lectured in art for twelve years and I finally left teaching in 2012 to pursue my art career full time. You can buy my work direct through my social media sites or contact me direct.
My work explores the richness of light, the colour and the texture that I see around me. Often focusing on rugged northern landscapes with brooding skies and lighter coastal scenes. My landscapes are full of rich layers incorporating elements of historical textiles, fabrics, buttons, paper and text giving a sense of human belonging and the passing of ages, giving a quality of timelessness and celebrating the lives of those individuals now passed.
Through my landscapes I aim to capture the weathered surface, so much a part of our landscape, crawling mists, stiff westerly breezes and pale summer sunshine documenting the ever changing seasons though many layers of mixed media.
During my Masters Degree I stumbled across ‘Wabi Sabi’ and the ethos of ‘beauty in imperfection’. This really captures my inspirations and the work which I produce; I am influenced by tactile aged surfaces like peeling paint on walls and fabrics which are threadbare but laden with memories and stories to tell. I like to photograph and record elements of trace, things that indicate a remnant or mark of something previous, maybe something that will evoke a memory in the viewer.