My work draws meaning from the resonance of experiences, places,
conversations, personal reflection and responses to literature and
music. Ideas and questions about positive human values and a
sustainable future are at its core. My practice is rooted in 20th
century modernism and inspired by Northern European abstract art. It
includes acrylic and watercolour paintings, woodcuts, and works in
My responses to music and literature are meditative, sometimes using a
form of automatic drawing. They are a visual proposition for increased
human connection to people around us, and greater understanding of
ourselves. My place-based work reflects both environmental concerns
and the social and economic importance of place.
The work is often based on a graphic motif abstracted from initial
drawings, underpinned by strong lines and supported by a subtle colour
palette and layered paint. For example, a mediaeval castle provides
the underlying structure for a piece about wanting to protect someone
I love; a Japanese bell the source material for a painting about
reflection and peace; and a tithe barn and a swallow about the
relationships between social structure and personal freedom.
I am very interested in how people engage with art and my work is
almost always produced in dialogue, a visual call and response. I
value the response of my audience and its contribution to my practice,
which opens new creative avenues and helps me to refine my language.
I am very happy to discuss exhibitions, commissions and