I have been working professionally as a painter and printmaker for over 25 years. I regularly have exhibitions in a number of galleries nationally, and I also work with art consultants. I undertake commissions and my work is held in numerous public, corporate and private collections.
During my degree at University of Brighton, UK, and post graduate studies at The Slade School of Art and Central St Martins in London, I specialised in printmaking. My early interest and involvement with printmaking has, I believe, informed my practice as a painter. I build my paintings using layers of paint, thinking of each layer, often poured, as a distinct element. Working with acrylic paint allows each of the layers to dry overnight. This gives me the opportunity to remove new painted layers or elements, without affecting the earlier work.
I have always made limited edition original prints, and more recently I have been making unique works on paper. These are made initially using a screen print monotype process, further developed with painted elements, creating images that combine the qualities of both of these mediums.
Inspiration for my work often comes from places I have visited and have significance to me. Taking photographs as a starting point, I then work on small studies. It is during this process that the images become abstracted. I am drawn to places full of intense atmosphere – colours, noises, smells, and I hope to capture something of these experiences in the work. I have always loved exploring the possibilities of colour and colour relationships and the infinite potential to create dynamic connections and reactions.