I live in Cheltenham. I show my work nationally and in group and solo shows. I've taken part in The pastel society and the New English art club annual exhibitions at the Mall Galleries London, The discerning eye and a number of Stuckist exhibitions. I belong to The Cheltenham group of artists who have been around for over a hundred years. I've taught art to adults in classes and workshops for several years and give talks and demos on abstract painting and pastel techniques to art clubs and societies.
I work in mixed media, my work is intuitive and organic, the concept is generated through the practice, growing from the initial marks.
I divide up the surface into areas of colour and shape to contain different parts of the story, adding anything new alters the balance and determines what comes next. There are lots of layers and edits which often makes the surface very textured. I sometimes re work paintings I did years ago, so a painting can take a long time to finish, I leave little areas of the original work to show the journey.
While I'm working I'm processing memories and emotions, the objects of my everyday life are subsumed into the abstraction. I'm interested in what one colour , shape, mark does next to another, how it effects what's going on around it. I'm constantly seeking a balance and I set out to make work that is beautiful, unique, decorative (unashamedly) and strong, these are my objectives.
The music I listen to, especially the theme tunes to my youth, invoke powerful feelings and memory's taking me back to that time, but on the other hand new music can be inspirational and drive the work forward, one abstract thing feeding another.