Interested in the power of colour to alter mood and mind state, its potential to excite the eye and engage the heart is central to my art.
Working intuitively, my pieces are abstract, often inspired by an emotional response to a sense of place or time, generally in series, large scale on canvas and board or smaller on paper and continually evolving. Painting and mono printmaking can become integrated – so a piece which begins as a painterly screenprint may be worked into, using a range of mixed media and collage. Each piece of work is unique. Some pieces are titled by the name of the prominent colour, ‘Orange’ for instance, sold at the Royal Scottish Academy Open in Edinburgh, 2018.
My first solo exhibition was at the Pankhurst Centre, Manchester in 1995 and I have exhibited widely throughout the UK.
My work is represented by the Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall, Manchester Art Gallery’s webshop and The Gallery, New Mills and is in private collections in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Kenya, Australia & New Zealand.
I have a BA in English Literature from York University and some of my work is inspired by my love of poetry. Addicted to painting, drawing and creating from early childhood, I was largely self-taught until graduating from a Foundation Degree in Art and Design in 2000 having taken a sabbatical from my lecturing role. I undertook a Complete Printmaker course with Hotbed Press Salford in 2017-2019.
My studio overlooks Etherow Country Park, near Stockport and is my peaceful retreat space. I am an associate member of Castlefield Gallery in Manchester, a member of Hotbed Press, Salford, an associate member of the Penwith Gallery, St Ives and part of a collective of artists running The Gallery, New Mills, High Peak.
In the following You Tube video, click here, I introduce work selected for the Flourish Award from the Urban series and expand on the inspiration behind Jazz and Fizz, the Victoria Baths Series, Circles Unbound exhibition and particular paintings.
If you would like to chat about my work, call into my studio to view work or buy a piece of my art, I would love to hear from you. Please drop me an e mail. Catalogues giving further details and prices can be downloaded from this website.
At the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2018 ‘Orange’, monotype