I am an artist and teacher living in Ipswich, Suffolk. After studying art in Swansea, I returned to Ipswich, the town I grew up in. My journey as an artist and a painter has helped me connect with and deepen my appreciation of the area I live in. The local countryside, skies and rivers provide a backdrop against which I see the gradual unfolding of my abilities as a painter. Each year it is the same and yet completely fresh.
My practice is grounded in observation of the world. I am inspired by painters like Morandi, Sisley, Sickert, Sargent and more locally Richard Scott.
These artists all use a figurative language to communicate something unseen, subtle and mysterious. They are all masters of restraint and simplicity. Richard Scott, in particular showed me that art, that is on the surface straightforward, restrained and small can still be powerful in its ability to move the viewer.
Developing eloquence in the language of representation is the goal I aspire to and this is what I practice. I am inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s statement:
“As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.”
2008-09 – PGCE, Life Long Learning – University College Suffolk
1996-99 – Painting & Drawing BA (Hons) – Swansea Institute
1994-96 – General Art & Design – Suffolk College
Exhibitions & Residencies
2012 – Connected, Arboretum Pub, Ipswich
2011 – MF Frames, Ipswich
2011 – Eight Upstairs, Aldeburgh
2011 – Brettenham Art Show, Brettenham
2011 – Solo Show, Vintage 46, Wickham Market
2011 – Ipswich Art Society
2011 – Art In East Anglia, Julia Gooch, Ancient House, Ipswich
2010 – Solo Show, Vintage 46, Wickham Market
2010 – Eight Upstairs, Aldeburgh
2010 – Buckingham Galleries, Southwold
2010 – Solo show Orwell Park School
2010 – Art in East Anglia, The Cinema Gallery, Aldeburgh.
2010 – Ipswich Arts Society
2009 – Ipswich Art Society – Open Exhibition
2008 – Ferini Art Gallery – From the Model
2008 – MF Frames – Below The Sea, Beside The River
2008 – Key Arts – Footprint
2008 – Key Arts Members Show
2007 – Eyestorm Gallery – Open Exhibition
2007 – Old Masters Residency – Christchurch Mansion
2007 – Off Centre – Nero Artists Show – Ancient House
2007 – Tryptich Show – St Mary-at-the- Quay Church
2007 – Key Arts Members Show – St Mary-at-the- Quay Church
2006 – Open Exhibition at Halesworth Gallery
2006 – Participated in residency with Annabel Mednick at St Mary at the Quay
2006 – Solo Show at St Mary at the Quay – presenting work produced during residency.
2006 – Artist in Residence – Mary at the Quay Church, Ipswich
2004 – Christmas Show with Chambers Gallery – Corn Exchange, Ipswich
2004 – Summer Exhibition – Tourist Information Centre, Ipswich
1999 – Final Degree show – Swansea Institute