“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, WF17 6JF
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.
Sunday 1st July – Saturday 7th July 2018
During the Artweek I will be taking part in one of the UK’s Largest Open Art Exhibitions.
The Exhibition in the Civic Hall is one of the biggest open exhibitions in the country featuring work by over 400 professional & amateur artists. The main exhibition takes place at Holmfirth Civic Hall, with additional Fringe venues dotted around the Holme Valley and Colne Valley area.
As Artweek is a fundraising event a commission of 20% is paid by artists on all sales made with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Further information about the event can be found on the Holmfirth Artweek website
RAW17 Exhibition at the Sculpture Lounge
Sunday 1st July – Saturday 7th July 2018
As part of Holmfirth Artweek I will be taking part in a group exhibition at The Sculpture Lounge, Holmbridge.
The exhibition will be made up of work from 11 artists and contemporary craftspeople who were awarded the RAW Talent 2017 Award.
More details to follow…
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.
Joint exhibition – Coast Gallery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
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