About me

As a child I drew and painted from a young age, encouraged by my mother and grandmother who were both artists, to look at the world. They helped me to see how to translate it into two dimensions and to express with colour. We lived between the sandy beaches of the South Coast and the trees and heathland of the New Forest.  In my early twenties I travelled the world from West to East until I got back to where I started. Using stout walking boots and a heavy rucksack, I walked up volcanoes and through rivers. I visited golden temples and exotic cities. This experience grew me like sunshine on a plant. The canvas of my life opened up to encompass many new worlds. Now I find that same richness of unfolding in the smaller, yet infinitely rich soil of Hengistbury Head. I find it made up of different lands, the harbour beach, the marshes, the low woods, the top of the world, the buttercup field and my current favourite the lily ponds in the high wood. I walk here as often as I can and draw, photograph and paint from this rich resource of nature.

Artist Statement 

In my work I am interested in ‘Who am I’ and ‘What is Real? The person I was even a few years ago is in many ways unrecognisable, from the person I am today. I feel that if I peel back the layers of our perceived reality, I will find something underneath that is more solid and pervades everything.

I am endeavouring to look below and behind me to see hidden secrets that may be lurking somewhere at the limit of my peripheral vision. I’m looking in the mirror, like Lewis Caroll’s Alice and in the shadows of the lake. I’m fascinated by how the pond shows us glimpses of what’s beneath its veneer, whilst also reflecting the branches and sky behind, all entangled in the surface detritus and pond plants. The three images collide together in one plane. A pane of glass in a window can also show several sides of what is happening at one time.

I’m also intrigued by how the web like structure of branches interweave, like threads of a tapestry unraveling to expose something of the interface, between the inner and outer worlds. Layers, like those of the skin, are peeling back to reveal something but it is as elusive catching smoke.

Solo and Group Exhibitions

2018 Group Show – Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Ave, Bournemouth BH5 1LX

3rd February – 21st April 2018.  Four Seasons – Southampton City Art Gallery

2018 Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Shaftesbury

2017  Group Show – Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth BH2 5BH

2017  Solo Exhibition, Knoll Gardens, Wimborne BH21 7ND

2017  Artist in Residence Knoll Gardens, Wimborne BH21 7ND

2017 Group Show – Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Ave, Bournemouth BH5 1LX

2016  Dorset Arts Week

2014  ‘Crepuscular’ The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston, London NB1 2BA

2013  ‘WhereHouse’ , Bermondsey Project, 46 Willow Way, London SE1

2013  Central Saint Martins Degree Show

2011 ‘For what it’s worth’  3 – 5  Whitechapel, London

2011 Camden Arts Centre, London

2010 Valentines Mansion, Ilford, Redbridge

2009 Central Library Altered Books Exhibition, Bournemouth

2008 Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton

2008 The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth

Education

2013   Graduated Central Saint Martins, London BA Fine Art

2009  Arts University Bournemouth Foundation