I trained in Fine Art at the University of Reading and then moved to the Midlands to do my teacher training. I have lectured in Art and Graphic Illustration in London and the West Midlands and have exhibited extensively at various venues in the Midlands and further afield....
As a painter-printmaker my work is experimental in its process. I work in a variety of media exploring qualities of mark making, texture and colour. I use silkscreen and lino printing to explore and extend the variety of textures and marks that can be achieved and these are often used in combination with painting and drawing. This experimental, mixed media approach means that I produce monotypes (one-off prints) or small editions of my printed work.
I have a strong interest in illustration and the production of imagery using a combination of digital technology and traditional printing techniques. Much of my most recent work explores the production of images where the scanner and the computer are as integral to the outcome as the paintbrush and the printing press.
I use the decorative qualities of birds to explore these ideas but more recently I have also based my work on photographs I have taken in Birmingham. Images of buildings, commemorative sculptures and even highways give rise to compositions that are familiar to those who live and work here.
Living in the outskirts of Birmingham I am always amazed at the variety of birdlife in our cities. I am also influenced by the growing culture in this environment for street art – huge painted walls with exciting textures colours and expressive marks, some on a very large scale. Elements of this gestural, urban artwork have crept into my own images. There are suggestions of weathered walls, street markings and silhouettes of park railings. This combined with the use of stencils, spray paint and acrylic washes forms the basis for my paintings and prints and is a continuation of long-standing themes exploring images of the urban environment and the decorative quality of birds.
University of Birmingham
HeadLand Consultancy, London
Mamamio – illustrations for packaging designs
Essensuals - Birmingham
Ark of Oundle – images for charity Christmas cards
Jury's Inn Hotel - Birmingham
Freeths solicitors - Birmingham
My prints and cards of Birmingham are on sale at the Symphony Hall Shop.
I have had work featured in exhibitions both here and abroad including:
Oog Vor Natuur - Netherlands
Mall Galleries London - ING Discerning Eye
Mall Galleries London - Society of Wildlife Artists
New Networks for Nature - Stamford
Birdscapes Gallery - Norfolk
International BirdFair - Rutland
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - 30 Years of Birmingham Printmakers
The Courtyard Centre for the Arts - Hereford
Buckinghamshire County Museum
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
Botanical Gardens, Birmingham
Dudley Museum and Art Gallery
Bond Gallery, Birmingham
No8 Community Arts Centre, Pershore
Stratford Leisure Centre
Pitt Gallery Worcester- Worcester Open Exhibition
Red House Cone - Stourbridge