Elected to the Society 2017
I create sculptures of animals, sometimes ships, and landscape paintings. All my work is a meditation on mortality, intertwining nature and history. The sculptures resemble archaeology in weathered appearance, and in their many layers of meaning. Whatever the concept the physicality of materials and the act of making is of prime importance.
Recently I extended the animal theme to focus on horseman. Man and Horse is an ancient archetype of power; these are cavalry from the First World War, ghostly figures from the past. The paintings are intentionally ambiguous; they could be wilderness, or liminal places close to home, or the sites of forgotten conflict.
I graduated from Cumbria University with a BA [Hons] Fine Art in 1998. Since then I have exhibited widely; including regionally, in London, and in Amsterdam. I have been shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 5 times and won the Upfront Open in 2016. In 2010 I completed a sculpture commission for ABM AMRO bank and in 2014 exhibited in the ‘Art of Remembering’ at the Rheged Gallery; a touring show which explored the contemporary significance of the First World War.
I have a career in Arts Education; coordinating an arts programme at a youth centre and have worked as one of the Learning Officers at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery as well as teaching in numerous schools and colleges.