My interest in the natural world began from an early age, growing up in rural Cumbria. I create glorified representations of nature, subject matter initially chosen as a vehicle to play with colour. My work is also influenced by eighteenth century printmakers such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, with their strong yet never garish colour palettes, and the beautiful patterns employed in Japanese kimono design.
I’m interested in finding out what it takes to create an appealing aesthetic – how to create a ‘flow’ and an energy. For me this involves striking a balance between presence and absence, dark and light, one colour next to another, symmetry and asymmetry, adding and taking away until something is ‘right’.
A tenant at Manchester Craft and Design Centre for nine years, I now work from my home studio in the Cumbrian countryside. My trademark technique, developed over a number of years, is to use reproductions of my own paintings as collage material on the canvas. I continuously add to my own library of ‘source’ paintings, which are then reproduced and cut out ready to create a finished piece. The canvas backgrounds are painted with acrylics. When the collage has been secured in place, I use washes of inks, then may apply additional painted or drawn details. Finally a clear gloss varnish is applied, securing the collage, adding an opulent lustre, and bringing out the depth of colour.
I have exhibited widely in the UK over the past decade, and exhibited and sold work internationally, with shows in Barcelona and Amsterdam. Original canvases and prints have traveled to collectors worldwide, including the USA, South America, and South Africa. In 2013 I was shortlisted for the New Lights Art Prize, which supports emerging young artists in the North of England. In January 2016, Saatchi Art featured my work in their ‘One to Watch’ artist series.
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