Plymouth College of Art
BA(Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking
I am a painter and printmaker whose practice is inspired by the experience of a space in a landscape. It is about the discovery of place and portraying my responses to a space in the natural environment. At the moment, the place is Svalbard in the Arctic. Svalbard has been the inspiration for my work as a result of regular visits which involve being totally immersed in the Arctic landscape. My practice is about the interaction of colours and shapes. I synchronise the techniques of painting and printmaking, allowing the two processes to inform each other. The aim of my work is to share these experiences of the natural environment in order to bring awareness and appreciation to the spectator.
I have extensive experience in teaching English as a foreign language to all ages and all levels. I have spent many years living and teaching in France and I have regularly combined Art and English language teaching. I studied painting in London as a young student and I have continued drawing and painting on a regular basis. I have participated in numerous exhibitions and art fairs in France. I have a keen interest in collaborating and working collectively. Collaboration Projects and Exhibitions 2022 - Impact 12 International Printmaking Conference An upcoming collaborative printmaking project and exhibition to be held in Bristol on 21st to 25th September. Organised by Arts University Plymouth, Belfast School of Art, Ulster University and Baylor University, Texas. 2022 - Another Crossing A Collaboration project organised by Arts University Plymouth, the Box Museum and the Fuller Craft Museum of Massachusetts. Creation of a hand made, original catalogue for the exhibition. 2022 - Arctic Impressions An exhibition held in Project Space 1 at Arts University Plymouth including paintings and prints reflecting on my journeys to Svalbard, and photographs of Arctic ice by Elizabeth Bourne, an American photographer and painter currently living in Svalbard. 2021- Thornberry Centre Mural A collaborative project which involved designing a mural for the waiting room in the specialist prosthetics centre. A design to represent Devon and Cornwall which involved researching colour schemes, materials and working to a large scale. 2020 - Drawing as Monument and the Material of Memory An exhibition inspired by the drawings and socio-political art of Làszlò Rajk. This project involved making drawings using the Frottage technique of memorable material linked to the history of Plymouth. An exhibition was held at Arts University Plymouth and is travelling to Budapest and New York.