Graduating with an MA honours in Fine Art from Edinburgh University and College of Art in 1977, I have been involved in making art in various ways ever since. I have exhibited in London, Aldeburgh, Cumbria, Somerset and Dorset. In the early eighties I was proprietor of an Arts and Crafts Gallery in Coniston, Cumbria, showing my own work and that of other British artists and craftsmen. I have sailed the Atlantic and worked as a charter skipper in the Caribbean, painting to commission for guests and fellow sailors along the way. Life on the ocean had a great impact on the development of my art.
I moved to Dorset to teach art, which I did for 24 years, leaving the classroom in 2013 to focus full time on my own art practice again in my studio on the southern edge of Shaftesbury. This has led to exhibitions in galleries and arts centres, locally in Dorset and Somerset, as well as open studios independently and as part of Dorset Art Weeks.
I am constantly experimenting with approaches to painting, printmaking and drawing to create images inspired by the natural environment. I know there are many avenues to be explored and have no intention of settling to one way of working. Idea and process are interdependent in each series of work and lead to its style which can range from realism to abstract. The sources of my ideas are from first hand observation, experience and memory.
1 -22 July FIFTY BEES and the interconnectedness of all things. ACEarts, Somerton, Somerset. I am one of the artists
invited to create a companion piece for one of the fifty bees created by Lydia Needle.
8 - 21 November - DefinArtly. Group show (paintings, textiles and metal sculpture) Shaftesbury Arts Centre Gallery.
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