I am a formally trained artist with a Fine Art Foundation (Morley College, London) and a Masters with Distinction in Fine Art & Printmaking (Middlesex University). However like the unruly landscapes in which I immerse myself, my work has broken out from the more traditional constructs and weaves together multidisciplinary and experimental practices and processes to better convey the mysteries and wonders of our existence on Earth.
I have exhibited in London at the Old Truman Brewery, The Coningsby Gallery Unit 3 Project Space, Middlesex University and Beside the Wave Gallery. I have exhibited at various locations in Somerset, including the vibrant East Quay in Watchet. My work has been featured in the Exmoor Society's annual publication and I have been awarded talent prizes in the abstract and landscape categories of an international art prize.
I primarily make paintings layered with, experimental prints, collaged sketches, and site specific wild pigments and found materials. I work out in the landscape and across media in a fluid and organic way, creating experimental techniques as my primary and direct response to place. I walk and drift, gathering and weaving my encounters, the elements and site material into my work through alchemical processes. My layering of medium, process and narratives echoes the dynamic processes and simultaneous stories that make up the landscape and open up a space of deep interconnection and reflection.
During a transitional period of my life I became involved in what I call ‘dreadscapes’ - nuclear power stations as places of uneasy tension, flickering with power and latent violence; marshlands as landscapes of loss, dread, renewal and hope, characterised by transitions and dissolving boundaries; holloways; abandoned spaces and haunted eerie lands. As I walked and worked in these landscapes, immersing myself in an embodied experience of place as it unfolds, a mutual healing began to take place. My purpose now is to open up and re-enchant these fascinating portals through my creative processes.
I draw on Animism, Mythogeography, ancient shamanic practices, ritual and ceremony in landscape, deep mapping, meditative drawing and a channeling of all that is magic and unseen.