A LITTLE OF MY BACKGROUND


I have been practising as an artist for the last 18 years. I trained at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, Surrey (now University for the Creative Arts, Farnham). I gained a degree in woven textiles graduating in 1990. Before that, I was involved in teaching outdoor pursuits especially sailing. After leaving Art College, I spent 6 years teaching art and pursuing my own work. For the last 17 years I have been working mostly as a painter, and have been enjoying commercial success on the Isle of Wight and South Coast. I have however recently re-located to the coast of Yorkshire, taking up residence in Whitby! I combine my work as a painter with some occasional teaching and workshops. I tend to sell my work through exhibitions I organise myself or through my website. However I do have a few galleries who represent me.



ABOUT MY WORK AS A PAINTER

I like to work mostly on location, out in the elements, so I can capture how that feels to be there in my work. The paintings are mostly completed in one sitting and these are the paintings that are framed, I rarely work on them further.

I paint mostly with acrylics on paper. I use a palette knife often, especially on smaller pieces. Acrylics lend themselves to painting on location as they dry quickly. When working in my sketchbooks I favour pen and watercolour wash.

I am really drawn to the coast, so living near the coast is a natural choice. I love the constant activity of the sea, the weather, and boats of all kinds. I have done a good deal of sailing, and time spent on the water has given me a good understanding of boats and the water. I like to paint scenes with any aspect of coastal activity but I enjoy landscapes as well.

I like to travel to varied locations both coastal and inland, and have enjoyed painting in Italy, Bermuda, Cornwall, Scotland and the West Coast of the US to name a few. On my travels I enjoy working in sketchbooks in pen and watercolour and I often produce prints of my favourite sketches.



OTHER ARTISTIC PURSUITS

I trained as a weaver and own a 'George Wood Dobby' loom. And at the moment occasionally dabble in weaving on one of my smaller hand looms.

I am enjoying working on my tea towel designs which connect a little with my textiles training. I am pretty fascinated with collecting driftwood and enjoy creating little nautical pieces depending on what my imagination come up with. These I usually sell at my Christmas events.


ART FAIRS AND SOCIETY EXHIBITIONS


Art in the Pen, Thirsk - 2016

Staithe Art and Heritage Festival - 2015

Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition, Mall Galleries, London - 2010, 2012

Brighton Art Fair - 2009

Affordable Art Fair - 2009 (with Kendalls Gallery)


RECENT SOLO AND GALLERY EXHIBITIONS


2016

Open Studio Whitby

Solo Show, Lythe Village Hall, Whitby

Coast Gallery, Cloughton nr Scarborough

Solo Exhibition, Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight

2015

Solo Show, Lythe Village Hall, Whitby

Open Studio, Whitby


2014

Solo Show, Lythe Village Hall, Whitby


2013

Kendalls Fine Art, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Open Studios, at my studio, Isle of Wight
Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Yarmouth Town Hall Isle of Wight
Solo Exhibition of Paintings from Tuscany, Regatta House, Isle of Wight

2012

Kendalls Fine Art, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Open Studios Group Show, Northwood I.O.W
Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Yarmouth Town Hall I.O.W

2011

Kendalls Fine Art, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Combined Clubs, Cowes I.O.W
Work accepted in Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition, Mall Galleries, London


2010

Group Show, Kendalls Fine Art, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Solo Show, Luckenbooth Gallery, Tarbert, Argyll
Joint show, Gigha Gallery, Isle of Gigha, Argyll

2009

Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Combined Clubs, Cowes I.O.W
Brighton Art Fair and Affordable Art Fair

2008

'Open Studios' – Exhibition of paintings from Scotland

2007

Solo exhibition with the Masterworks Foundation, Bermuda
Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Combined Clubs, Cowes I.O.W.
Solo Exhibition of Paintings from the North Cornish Coast, The Camelford Gallery, N. Cornwall
Work accepted in Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Solo Exhibition, Hepsibah Gallery, Shepherds Bush, London


RESIDENCIES


2010

Resident Artist on the Isle of Gigha, in the Inner Hebrides
2007

I spent 3 months as Artist in Residence with the Masterworks Foundation in Bermuda
2003

At the invitation of the Indian Society of Marine artists I travelled to Pune, India where I led a two-day painting workshop for 30 adults.