"The Glory of God Is Man Fully Alive." St Irenaeus
When I went to look around art college in 1996 with the vague pipe dream of completely changing my world, I wonder if the tutor noticed my guarded look of disdain when she suggested that I would love all the tearing and sticking I would be doing there. Not me! - I knew I only wanted to paint!
Now, the lines and transparency of an old dress pattern, a long forgotten ticket beaten and worn, an image in a magazine, the meandering lines of a map, - all of these hold great appeal for me. I carefully preserve them and now they spill out from the drawers and cupboards of my studio. Any of these might one day be just the spark to say that its exactly the right colour, the interesting image, the appropriate piece of text or has just the luscious tactile quality needed in the foundation of gestural marks and colour of my painting, like the piecing together of a patchwork quilt.
As I continue to make bold marks and fine lines, weaving in and layering colour, I integrate more hand printed papers, image transfers, printmaking, text, imagery or discarded fabrics and drawn line - watching as a story emerges to me in this abstract image. Partially hidden layers wait for discovery of a closer inspection, an order from the chaos that becomes for me a visual prayer.
C.V. Events and Exhibitions
2018: Two person, The Castle Gallery, Bude, ‘Ways of Seeing:’ Riverbank Gallery, Newlyn: 2017: Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Members and Associate Members Winter show. Endelienta, St Endellion. Runner up prize at mixed group show. Open Studios Cornwall (at home): Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Associate Members small paintings exhibition. 2016: Christmas Open, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford: Penwith Members and Associate Members Winter Show, Penwith Gallery, St Ives: Riverbank Gallery, Newlyn: Open Studios Cornwall (at my home): Solo-Looking Beyond, The Castle Gallery, Bude: Swanskin Printmakers at The Castle Gallery, Bude: BAAM (Bude Arts and Music)-Children's printmaking workshop, Bude: 2015:Two person, Mount Kelly, Tavistock: Assisting a series of printmaking workshops with Double Elephant at Franklyn Hospital, Exeter: 2014: Solo-Snippets of my life, The Castle Gallery, Bude: Art for Youth, Royal College of Art, London: Swanskin Printmakers at The Castle Gallery, Bude: 2013: Printmakers Open, St Ives Society of Artists: 2009: Future Impressions, (printmakers) The Limekiln Gallery, Calstock. 2008: Lasting Impressions, (printmakers) Kelly College, Tavistock: Mount Edgecombe, Plymouth, with Drawn to the Valley group: 2006: Art Mill Christmas show, Art Mill, Plymouth: Cube 3, Plymouth University, Plymouth, with Drawn to The Valley group: Saltram House, Plymouth, with Drawn to The Valley group: 2005: Lander Gallery, Lemon St, Truro, with Cornwall Tutors: 2004: First Impressions, (printmakers) Kelly College, Tavistock: 2005 – 2015 Drawn To The Valley Open Studios at various venues: 2005 – 2009 Artist in Residence at St. Michael's School, Tawstock, Barnstaple.
2012 Insider Art. Foundation in Art Therapy
2003 Adult Education City & Guilds Teaching Cert. 7307
1998-2003 Plymouth University. BA (Hons) Fine Art
1996-1998 Falmouth College of Art & Design. Btec Dip. Foundation in Art and Design
I am represented by The Riverbank Gallery, Newlyn, and The Castle Gallery, Bude, and a member of Swanskin Printmakers and The Penwith Gallery, St. Ives