After a lifetime of teaching I completed a B.A. (Hons) degree in Fine Art at Glyndwr University in North Wales,(2010) gaining a First.
I am interested in the fragility and transience of life. I believe that it is the inescapable knowledge of our own mortality that gives birth to the cultural dimension of our lives.
Working in a variety of mediums I aim for my work to invite people to dwell on the preciousness of life through all their senses.
My mixed media paintings are instinctive and mainly abstract. I start with the canvas and the paint and begin to make marks. Soon the lines, shapes and colours take over and a conversation begins between the movement, and rhythm and what is inside me. Sometimes the marks I make are in direct response to a memory, emotion or incident. Sometimes I take inspiration from a sketch or photograph.
I have re-visited a previous passion for fabrics and dyes and my recent practice has led me to experiment with how fabrics are assigned a status or role as part of an artwork. Cloth reveals and conceals. It can be picture plane or shroud, garment or screen. It is tactile and sensual. It is an ideal medium for referencing the passage of time and associated memories.
My degree show piece was a multi-sensory installation called Reveal: Conceal. It explored issues around a space or place into which one can escape and temporarily dwell and ponder.
Many of my subsequent paintings are in response to the notion of this place, this “in between” situation that we need to allow ourselves to stop by in on our journey.
I display and sell my paintings from local Galleries - e.g.The Willow Gallery and Pandy Mill Galleries Oswestry, as well as Vyner Street Gallery London (DegreeArt.com) and from The Artists Alley, San Francisco (Galiara.com).