have always been concerned with creating a sense of place, I have
sought to achieve this in the past by incorporating traditional
fairytale images into my work.
Using a more figurative approach allowed for a more literal interpretation
. I would use dark tonal colours to evoke mood or atmosphere.
As a kind of throwback from a lot of intense moody images I began
to use primary colours and almost childlike, cartoon images, still
trying to create a “place” in which the viewer could
almost enter or escape into.
I began making installation pieces, where the whole room would
be filled with giant sculptural elements of the 2D work I had
been creating. It seemed a natural progression, the viewer really
did enter into a different place. Adding elements such as a smell
or a sound helped to evoke the particular elements I was trying
to suggest; fear, claustrophobia, detachment ,fun excitement or
After graduating, my art became more commercial it had to fit
a financial mould, which inevitably compromised both style and
concept. It is only recently that I am rediscovering my natural
responses artistically and have been greatly inspired since becoming
a Christian two years ago. My work is still finding itself and
I view the work here to be almost preliminary.
I am drawn to examine my spiritual journey and in these pieces
I have found the use of collage especially road maps to be particularly
useful. The phrase “spiritual journey” was the starting
point for me and the maps have enabled me to add narrative to
the work,for example sometimes it was more useful to use more
“sea” than “road” as I have felt, especially
at the beginning of my journey “lost at sea” or “washed
Or a rocky mountain terrain in Scotland represented the “uphill
struggle” or “rocky path” I sometimes felt myself
on. I could also draw my own roads which sometimes come out of
the main drawing altogether, representing times when I nearly
gave up altogether!
I am also working on a series of canvasses with the series heading
“Creation” in which I have found the images from the
Hubble telescope to be awe inspiring and immensely useful in trying
to capture the reality and phenomenal concept of God and creation.
1990 Trowbridge Technical Collage, Foundation Course in Art and
1990-1993 North Staffordshire University, Fine Art, BA (HONS)
Whilst graduating attended and helped to organize a number of
printmaking workshops for secondary school children teaching them
to design their own banners for local festivals then helping them
screen print their designs.
Worked on a number of printmaking workshops for severely mentally
disabled children and adults, helping them gain confidence and
a sense of achievement when initiating and then producing their
own woodcuts, etchings etc.
Helped established interior designer with paint effects in a major
Privately tutored at GCSE level.
Had a number of private commissions locally, and some local exhibitions
of small works.
Designed advertisement poster for local fair trade campaigners.
Illustrations for a local teachers short story.