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I am a self-taught artist based in the beautiful Peak District and love expressing myself by drawing and painting.
My abstract work is inspired by my observations of the world - colours within a sunset or the textures and light within the countryside, and also from emotions that past and present experiences provoke. I'm currently experimenting with techniques of paint application which is fun and challenging. I take my sketchbook everywhere and work occasionally from this or photographs taken on my phone, but mostly from memory in order to try and capture the essence of a place rather than a pictorial representation.
The lovely models who appear in my drawing and collage work, come from a life-drawing class I attend. It was here that, as well as practicing traditional drawing techniques, I started creating collages, to experiment with newspaper and magazines to practice tone and texture.
Open Studio, The Smithy, Bakewell, May 2017
Remnants exhibition at Bakewell Old House Museum, May 2016
Summertide exhibition at White Peakhouse Gallery, Bakewell, September 2015
Essence, P-Galleria, Pori, Finland, June 2015
Month-long, joint exhibition with K How
White Peak, Dark Peak IAC Event, Bakewell Old House Museum, May 2015
Art, photography, improvisational painting and music based on the Peak District
41 Second IAC Event, Smedleys Factory, Lea Mill, Derbyshire, April 2015
Poetry, collage and abstract art
Wild Raven exhibition - Bakewell Old House Museum, November 2014
Our Corner-Art as Political Expression, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield - Exhibition of 30 National and European Artists, 18th-20th September 2014
Colour - Joint exhibition with Keith How at Low Horizons Studio, Bakewell, July 2014
Cromford Studio and Gallery, Derbyshire
Great Sheffield Art Show, 27th, 28th and 29th June 2014
Curbar Art Show, 16th & 17th May 2014
Naughty and Nice Bistro, King Street, Bakewell, February 2014 - 2016
Art for Africa Charity Exhibition and Secret Auction, December 2013
Helped to secure, exhibit and administer donated artwork for a launch night, week-long exhibition and secret auction to raise funds for Art for Africa
Great Longstone Art Show July 2013
Pop Up Gallery February 2013
Shop-front exhibition of pen and ink drawings in Bakewell with Yeld Arts collective
Lab 1 - Yeld Arts, Bakewell, December 2012
Exhibitions and Shows