“I find that the variable qualities of the sky and sea act as a visual metaphor for the memories and feelings that surface while I am painting; this means that my work often becomes an emotional response to my experiences of time spent by the sea. Ultimately though, my aim is to capture the essence of the sea in a simple semi-abstract but still very recognisable way.”
After studying art at college in the late 80’s I spent my early adult life trying to contort my square pegged-ness into a round hole by pursuing a ‘sensible’ career. It was only after I had my son that I began to listen to my intuition and chose to follow my passion of becoming an artist, predominately painting seascapes in oil.
Now painting full-time, I use my visual memory as a point of reference for expressive seascapes. I take my inspiration from childhood visits to the North Wales coast and more recent family trips to the coastal villages of Yorkshire. My paintings are a combination of distant memories and recent observations from these visits, semi-abstract seascapes that always remain recognisable as such.
I continue to live and work in Yorkshire and my time is divided between a land-based studio near Wakefield and exploring the northern waterways on my narrowboat.
My paintings are a personal response to the affinity that I feel with the sea and in particular its relationship with the ever-changing weather of the British Isles. I find the nature of the sea and sky are in themselves abstract and offer limitless combinations of colour and texture. By adopting a simple composition of land, sea, and sky, my semi-abstract forms are a response to the atmosphere and sense of drama that the constantly changing elements never fail to provide.
I aim to suggest a sense of solitude and contemplation in my work. To offer the viewer a chance to pause and reflect on the memories and emotions that the often powerful or sometimes benign presence of the sea may evoke.
My work emerges from layers of oil paint which give my paintings substance and texture. I begin by applying thin washes of oils, gradually overlaying them with thicker layers of paint. By focusing on the spirit and energy of the ocean I constantly endeavour to capture the mystical connection between the sea and the observer.
You can currently find a selection of my work in the following galleries:
The Mezzanine, Redbrick
218 Bradford Road, Batley
The Great North Art Show
Saturday 1st September – Sunday 23rd September 2018
The Great North Art Show is an exciting and diverse open exhibition of contemporary art by professional northern artists, in the magnificent setting of Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire.
The exhibition features some of the United Kingdom’s finest Painters, Illustrators, Printmakers, Photographers and Sculptors.
You can find out more by visiting the Great North Art Show website
The Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage
Saturday 8th September – Saturday 9th September 2018
The Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage features a selling exhibition of artwork from 157 artists which will take place over the weekend of 8 and 9 September 2018 in some 100 temporary galleries in cottages, houses and public spaces throughout the village.
The preview evening takes place on Friday 7th September 7 -8.30pm. Everyone is welcome.
In addition there will be also walks, talks, workshops, concerts and heritage events throughout the weekend.
Entry to the Festival is free of charge and you can find out more about it on the Staithes Festival website.
Friday 26th October – Sunday 28th October 2018
I will be returning in 2018 to the art& Show, York.
The art& show is a fantastic opportunity for collectors, buyers, art lovers and anyone else who is interested in meeting artists and buying unique artworks to come along to this friendly, accessible and affordable show. Set over 3-days the art& show has over 120 artists work for sale & commission from a wide price range of £10-£20,000.
As well as having artists selling their own artworks there will live music, interactive areas, installations, workshops, demonstrations and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Past Events & Exhibitions
Coast Gallery, Joint Exhibition – Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Saltaire Arts Trail, Selected Artist – Saltaire, West Yorkshire
Holmfirth Artweek, Group Exhibition – Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
RAW17 Group Exhibition – The Sculpture Lounge, West Yorkshire
Saltwater : Views of the sea, Solo Exhibition – Unity Works, West Yorkshire
Liable to Flood, Group Exhibition – The Mental Health Museum, West Yorkshire
Artwalk, Group Exhibition – Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Holmfirth Art Week, Group Exhibition – Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
Art& Show – York Racecourse, North Yorkshire
The Great Sheffield Art Show – The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
2017 Art& RAW Talent Award for emerging artists
2017 Winner of the Best Presented Stand Award at Art& Show awarded by The Yorkshire Sculpture Park