My paintings are abstract and process led, exploring relationships between colour and light through layering. I am currently working in acrylic on canvas and watercolour paper predominantly using thin glazes. Over many years the language of the work has slowly developed and changed. Relationships between edges and openings where light may be suggested are the focus. The paintings develop intuitively as the emphasis on the subconscious and accident of process, are explored.
I am influenced by the legacy of American abstract expressionism through Rothko and Motherwell to Frankenthaler, also British colourists such as Patrick Heron and Howard Hodgkin and process based abstraction.
I was in studios for several years in Nottingham after completing my Degree in Fine Art in 1989. I was a member of Old Knows studio group and was involved in the running of the Artist’s gallery there and in annual open studios. I had exhibitions in Nottingham University’s Bonington gallery and in Nottingham castle museum. I left Nottingham in 1996 to study for an MA in painting at Chelsea College of Art in London and had a large studio in Fulham during that time. After my MA I was awarded a residency in the Florence Trust Studios in Highbury (London) which was a grade 2 listed Church with magnificent stained glass. Florence Trust artists participated in open studios and joint exhibitions including one on Cork Street in 1989. I was represented by the Paton Gallery for two years after this and exhibited in Heals on Tottenham Court road and Riverside Studios in Hammersmith as well as regularly within the Paton gallery. My work has appeared in Time Out, the Times magazine and Vogue. Originally from Newcastle I returned to live here with my partner and children in 2003. I teach part time on the foundation degree in Fine Art at TyneMet College.
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