Who AM I?
Artist statements' can be boring so I'll try not to be. Quite simply art for me is essential. Acrylic paint, charcoal, mess, chaos, paper, glue, string and artistic eccentricities run through my veins. Not blood. Blood's messy. And red.
I love exploring a diverse range of subjects, techniques and mediums to see where it will take me. Items with a human story I find extremely interesting and absorbing.
Currently I’m working on a series of works where I look at a well-known landmark to see if I can twist elements of them so we see them differently. If you sit still and really look at something, key shapes and forms pop out and slap you around the face. Perfect for an image. Victor Pasmore was an influence (you'll find him on google).
My atmospheric works are based on emotional and visual memory to get to the essential elements of a creative work. I like eliminating the red herrings of details.
Currently I am exploring the archives of the Edward James Foundation at West Dean College. Quite a treat handling paperwork, such as John Betjeman's and Edith Sitwell’s letters, that are not accessible to many.
A key part of my artistic practice is mentoring and tutoring artists regardless of creative abilities or disabilities. I run regular life drawing sessions at Emsworth Community Centre as well as being an artist educator for Pallant House Gallery.
My work has been exhibited in London, Oxford, Worthing, Edinburgh and at Pallant House Gallery. Paintings and photographs are held in private collections in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and Cuba.
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