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A Bit 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

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The Other Art Fair - Los Angeles

Group Show- Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorchester

Group Show - The Other Art Fair, October, London

Solo Show - Hatch Gallery, Christchurch

Group Show - The Other Art Fair, March, London

Group Show - Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorchester

Solo Show - The Italian Villa at Compton Acres, Poole

Artist in Residence Compton Acres Gardens, Poole

Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton (Online)

Parallax Art Fair, Kensington, London

Gallery 32, Nunhead Art Trail, Nunhead, London

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

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

Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Shaftesbury

Group Show – Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth BH2 5BH

Solo Exhibition, Knoll Gardens, Wimborne BH21 7ND

Artist in Residence Knoll Gardens, Wimborne BH21 7ND

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

Dorset Arts Week

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

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

Central Saint Martins Degree Show

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

Camden Arts Centre, London

Valentines Mansion, Ilford, Redbridge

Central Library Altered Books Exhibition, Bournemouth

Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton

The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth

Education

2013   Graduated Central Saint Martins, London BA Fine Art

2009  Arts University Bournemouth Foundation

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