Colour, its potential to excite the eye and engage the heart is central to my work.
I seek to induce strong, emotional responses to colour, strengthening awareness of its capacity to alter mood and mindstate.
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 intertwine and are overlaid becoming integrated – so a piece which begins as a painterly screenprint may be scratched and worked into, using a range of mixed media and collage. Some pieces are titled by the name of the prominent colour, ‘Red Energy’ for instance and ‘Orange’ sold in the Royal Scottish Academy Open in Edinburgh, 2018.
As with Rothko, ‘shapes begin as unknown adventures in an unknown space’.
My studio overlooking Etherow Country Park, Compstall, near Stockport is where I spend much of my time. I am an associate of Castlefield Gallery in Manchester and have a work and exhibition space at The Trafford Centre, Manchester as part of Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces. I am also a member of Hotbed Press, Salford, Forartis, and Art up Close.
I have exhibited widely in the UK, and have work in private collections in Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Australia & New Zealand
Upcoming exhibitions 2019
Sept 19 to Nov: Waterside Arts Centre, Sale with Lesley Harry & Paulette Bansal
July 12 & 19: Manifest @ The Trafford Centre with Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Space
June 22 – 30: Didsbury Arts Festival
May 24-27: Derbyshire Open Arts, open house
April 27: Open day, Trafford Centre with Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Space
2017 Cheshire Open Studios
2019 Hepworth Print Fair
2019 Space at the Mill, Castlefield, Manchester
2018 Manchester Art Fair, with Hot Bed Press
2018 King Street Studios, Lancaster
2018 Macc Art Lounge, Macclesfield
2017 Castle Park Arts, Frodsham
2017 Stockport Contemporary Open
2017 New Perspectives, Tatton Park
2017 Bollington Arts Centre, Cheshire Artists Network
2016 New Mills Arts Trail & Festival
2016 Macc Art Lounge
2016 Stockport Contemporary Open
2016 Waterside Open, Trafford
2013 Lymm Artists exhibition
2013 Stockport Art Gallery—open exhibition
2001 Warrington Art Gallery: Warrington Visual Artist group show
1992 Stockport Art Gallery: Open exhibition
Prussian Blue series