I am an artist based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. I graduated from York St John University with BA(Hons) in Design and I was formerly a teacher with responsibility for Art & Design in a primary school in Harrogate. Since leaving teaching I have focused on my love of painting, drawing and making art. I have recently returned to Education and I am currently studying for an MA in Creative Practice.
The inspiration for much of my recent work is drawn from the atmospheric landscapes of the North East of England where I spend a great deal of of my time. I am particularly drawn to the rugged and ancient beauty of The Northumberland coastline, where the big dramatic skies, sea and endless, unspoilt beaches seem to change with each tide bringing a fresh and renewed view of the world. I am also fascinated by the stark contrast of the region's industrial past and how mining and fishing have made their mark on the landscape and communities of the region today.
I use a range of media such as acrylics, oils and charcoal and have been recently been developing my use of silk screen mono printing. Working at home from sketch books, written notes and photographs I try to capture the atmosphere and movement of the landscape by building layers of paint with varied mark making and the careful use of colour and texture.