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, WF17 6JF
Exhibition at Coast Gallery
Friday 2nd March – Tuesday 3rd April 2018
I will be exhibiting a selection of original seascape paintings at the popular Coast Gallery, Cloughton which is situated on the coastal road between Scarborough and Whitby.
The Coast Gallery is a showcase of contemporary art & ceramics and features exhibitions of over 30 leading Yorkshire artists in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Real coffee and Yorkshire tea are available in the tearoom with cakes and light lunches, plus a log fire in winter to keep you warm!
Saltaire Arts Trail
Saturday 5th may – Monday 7th May 2018 (May Day Bank Holiday Weekend)
The 2018 Saltaire Arts Trail will bring the UK’s finest artists, makers and designers to the unique spaces of Saltaire in our Open Houses Trail, our biggest ever Makers Fair and in Special Exhibitions. Plus there are lots of chances to get involved in our workshops and taster sessions and free family activities. The Arts Trail prides itself in reaching out to new audiences and making art accessible to all by using imaginative venues – the internationally recognised Salts Mill, public buildings, the homes of Saltaire residents and outdoor spaces around Saltaire, to display visual art outside of traditional settings, as well as delivering new exhibitions and commissions.
During this event I will be exhibiting a selection of my work at Flat 3, 66 Victoria Road, Saltaire. Further information about the event can be found on the Saltaire Inspired 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.
Saltwater : Views of the sea, Solo Exhibition – Unity Works, Yorkshire
Liable to Flood, Group Exhibition – The Mental Health Museum
Artwalk, Group Exhibition – Wakefield, Yorkshire
Holmfirth Art Week, Group Exhibition – Holmfirth, Yorkshire
Art& Show – York Racecourse, Yorkshire
The Great Sheffield Art Show – The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
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
Delighted to be exhibiting at the Coast Gallery next month where a selection of 16 of my coastal paintings will be on display. The exhibition runs from the 2nd March – 3rd April 2018 at The Coast Gallery, Mill Lane, Cloughton
Based on a series of aerial photographs taken by drone, my latest body of work will comprise of a series of oil paintings based on the 14 shipping regions of the North Sea that surround the United Kingdom.
If you have any questions, would like any information regarding pieces for sale or if you are a gallery interested in showing my work, I would be very happy to hear from you – so please don’t hesitate to contact me either by completing the form below or emailing me.
Email address all enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
For lots of behind the scenes images of my work in progress why not take a look on my Facebook and Instagram pages.