Statement

A little bit about my work …

The sources for my mixed media pieces originate from observations, thoughts and memories. The working process involves arrangement through collage, painting and assemblage that explores surface, colour and the juxtaposition of image, text and found objects.

Many of my artworks are intended as a celebration of the natural changes and inherent qualities of landscape. I frequently walk the coastal and rural landscape and these environments continue to inspire and provide a source of ideas. Each environment presents unique characteristics with tides that rise and fall leaving their mark on marshes and sand hills, and rural landscapes which can be rich in texture and colour, or brisk and raw in appearance. Each journey reveals objects within an ever changing environment. I record the journeys I make through photography and the selection and collection of natural detritus that reflects the qualities of the landscape. These fragments are kept in remembrance of time and place. I aim to draw attention to the finer details of the landscape and present them as relics that have survived the passage of time. Objects are layered to reflect the manner in which the landscape reveals and conceals itself and are assembled to highlight the precious nature of each selected subject within a composition of related fragments.

Other mixed media artworks are inspired by observations, thoughts and memories, constructing and re-constructing narratives remembered and sometimes invented; whispers of a forgotten history, a history inspired by collections of photographs of family, friends and strangers, a history of time and place. The mixed media pieces are built in layers combining surface qualities with images and objects that evoke memories of times past, memories of people and places, and often memories which were once significant but have over time become lost or forgotten.

Recent Exhibitions

The Atkinson
Sefton Open Exhibition 2019

The Old Courts
'Wigan Open Exhibition 2018'

Arthouse Southport Contemporary Arts
'Autumn Open Exhibition 2018'

Chapel Gallery
'West Lancashire Open 2018'

King Street Studios
'LA Summer Exhibition 2018'

Arthouse Southport Contemporary Arts
'Arts Festival 2018'

The Atkinson
'Sefton Open 2018'

King Street Studios,
'Something Called Home' 2018

Lancashire Makers
'Guest Artist' 2017

Cross Street Arts Gallery
'Open Studios' 2017

The Atkinson - Landing Gallery
'Cross Street Arts' 2017

Cross Street Arts Gallery
'Placement and Process' 2017

ArtHouse Southport Contemporary Arts
‘Arts Festival’ 2017

The Atkinson
'The Sefton Open Exhibition' 2017

Cross Street Arts Gallery
‘Cross Street Open Studios’ 2016

New Art Spaces
‘V S’ 2016

Arthouse Southport Contemporary Arts
‘Symposium’ 2016

The Old Courts
‘Wigan Arts Festival’ 2016

Chapel Gallery
‘West Lancashire Open’ 2016

ArtHouse Southport Contemporary Arts
‘Arts Festival’ 2016

Arts Trail Southport
‘Art Around Town’ 2016

Waterfront Arts Project
‘Beyond the Obvious’ 2016

Waterfront Arts Project
'Elements' 2016

Cross Street Arts Gallery
'Migrate' 2016

ArtHouse Southport Contemporary Arts
'Coastal Spirit - Sense of Place Solo Exhibition' 2016

Waterfront Arts Project
'Reflections' 2016

Inspiration

People and Places...

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