Self taught, I worked as a community artist in London in the 1980’s but took a 16 year break from painting to bring up my daughter. I now work from KIAC studios, which I also administer and curate group and open shows for. I paint in acrylic, generally on canvas, and always with palette knives. I delight in the malleability and texture of paint, though where appropriate I also include organic and man-made materials in my works. My work often references the industrial and post-industrial landscape as I explore the human journey, and my work is an expression of my emotional response to the changing world I see around me.
Exhibiting is a major part of my practice, my shows are thematic and I am fascinated by the idea of the exhibition as an installation of discrete items, and also the possibility of using the exhibition to overcome the narrative limitations of painting. I’m also interested in the fit between art and heritage sites, and in 2016 I undertook a residency at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, spending 50 days on site researching and painting in full view of the public, trying show the life of the Hamlet to visitors. My most recent exhibition – For Those In Peril, – was created as an homage to those who participated in the Arctic convoys of 1941-45. The show took the form of an installation of discrete works, including both sculpture and painting, with an ambient audio background evoking the sounds of war and weather, and it was also shown at Kelham Island Industrial Museum.
I have exhibited in Sheffield, Rotherham, Northwich, Congleton, Liverpool and London. I’m interested in taking art outside of the gallery, and have completed a number of public commissions in the Kelham Island area.