Artist Statement and brief CV

Drawing on paper. The Departed. 2012

Artist Statement
My recent work is light in tone, multi layered and full of gesture and mark making.  The tally mark motif that features in many of these works is a way of expressing the passage of time, the monotony of daily life, repetition and obsession; a way of building up the surface of my images.
The work is concerned with the cycle of life and the human condition.  References to the landscape and its seasons provide the colours and textures while the tally marks create the grids and structure.
Many of my drawings include layers of marks and scribbles, the asemic text that I call “secret writing” and actual words, leaving spaces that allude to lost loved ones, “the departed” ones of the titles of some of these works.
These drawings were the starting point for the current paintings.  They hold the key to the theme, mixing metaphors of textile structure and the landscape’s seasonal changes at the time of their making.

The fine balance between logic and instinct is part of the dualism that has fascinated me since I began my career; I believe that the abstract elements of my work can express the "unsayable" more successfully than pure figuration can.

Education and Qualifications:

2000 - 2003       City and Guilds Further and Adult Education Teaching Certificate 7307,
                        Parts 1 and 2
1990 – 1995      Surrey Institute, Farnham (now UCA)
                        BA (hons) Fine Art, painting.  Upper second.

1988 – 1990      Basingstoke College of Technology
Part-time Pre-Degree Foundation Course, Art and Design

1987 – 1988      Open College of the Arts Foundation Course and Summer School



October 15th - November 15th (tbc), solo show, The White Room at Priestleys No.36, Bootham, York.  Title to be confirmed.

March 28th - May 17th  Democracy Rocks!  The Gallery, Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire

De-commissioned ballot boxes re-imagined by professional artists and young people from schools and groups.

January/FebruaryInternational Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

July - 25th - 2nd August: Ryedale ArtWorks group show at the visitors centre, Danby, North York Moors National Park
2nd - 30th, Drawings, The White Room Gallery, Priestley's at No. 36, Bootham, York.  Showing alongside Sally Taylor and Lyn Wait.  

June - North Yorkshire Open Studios

March 17th – April 11th, “SKETCH 2013”, touring to Plymouth College of Art

March 12th - 16th, w0budong, group exhibition with Jayne Lloyd (curator), Clare Smith, Catherine Wynne-Paton 
and Julie Brixey-Williams. 3 Piccadilly Place,Manchester.  

Jan – Feb, “SKETCH 2013”, touring to Black Swan Arts Centre, Frome, Somerset.   

Sept. 2013 – Oct 2013, “SKETCH 2013”, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough, Wilts.

March 29th – April 28th, “Marking Time”.  Solo exhibition, The Gallery, Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, 
North Yorkshire.

23rd February - 28th April, Ferens Open, Ferens Gallery, Hull.

29th January - 25th February. International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham.


September.  “The Great North Art Show”, Ripon Cathedral.  Open submission.


“DJ Selections”, touring in the Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery Caravan.

“East Coast Open”, Scarborough.

Sept/Oct: “ArtFest”, a celebration of work by members of Ryedale ArtWorks, Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery, 
Malton, North Yorkshire.

Sept/Oct: “ArtFest”, a celebration of work by members of Ryedale ArtWorks, The Gallery, Ryedale Folk 
Museum. (My first exhibition since moving to North Yorkshire).

“Those Who Can Do”, exhibition of work by the staff of the Art Department, Queen Mary’s College.  I instigated 
and organised this.

May – “Up Close and Personal”, Sightlines (a visual arts initiative sponsored by Basingstoke and Deane Borough 
Council). Group exhibition, venue: an empty shop.

“Shared Secrets”, 12 Graduates of the Institute of Art and Design, University College, Farnham, Surrey.  The 
Crypt Gallery, St. Martin’s in the Field, Trafalgar Square, London.

May: Group show to celebrate International Women’s Week, Fairfields Arts Centre, Basingstoke, Hants.

Nov/Dec.  Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.  Open Submission.
Nov.  New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London.  Open Submission.

June.  The Street, Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke. 2 person show.

Degree Examination Exhibition, the Surrey Institute, Farnham, Surrey.

Group Show, Southill Park, Bracknell, Herts.
“Transition and Change”, group show, The Johnson Gallery, The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey.


Exchange Exhibition, Alencon, France.


2003:                            Facilitated with other staff members, the design and execution of a mural in an underpass near Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke as part of the GNVQ student course work.

2002:                            Facilitated a piece of work to make a courtyard garden with Ennoia and students from the Learning Support Unit

2001:                            Queen Mary’s College.  As founder member of artist group Ennoia and part of the annual "Sightlines" exhibition we worked with students from the Learning Support Unit to produce an installation using trees and an unused teaching hut.


Various workshops, events and study days with different schools in Basingstoke from 1993 – 
2005.  Details on request.

2007 – 2011 Various workshops and craft demonstrations at Ryedale Folk Museum.

History Painting. Acrylic on canvas. 2013  405 x 174 cm.

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