charcoal & graphite
I wish I could work in just one direction, but our world is too complex, fascinating, and varied to be captured in just one way.
Inspiration comes from everywhere: an experience, a randomly generated narrative, a shattered piece of wood, an interesting building, the shape of a wave. The world bombards my senses with more inspiration than I can ever hope to express.
Returning to my art after two decades, I have learned the strength of variety and versatility, whilst retaining craft. How something is created – its process, its craft – is as vital to the finished piece as its motivation and subject.
Drawing remains my primary focus. Its apparent limitations offer a purity and intimacy that brings artist and viewer closer in a way a painting rarely can.
My abstract paintings are an extension of my drawing, incorporating many of the base techniques of mark-making, form, and tone, but with a more expressive and open focus.
Continuing themes include solitude, isolation, and exclusion, particularly within - or reflecting the escape from - restless, bustling, cacophonous environments.
Two works ("A Fearing, "Limb, Shattered") selected for Manifest's INDA12 publication.
SGFA Bankside (group) June 2017Solo exhibition: "The Ellington Trees" - York St Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent 19-26 July 2017DRAW 17 (group) Menier Gallery, London, 2-14 October 2017Open Studios, Pie Factory, Margate, Kent 14-15 October 2017.
Black on White (group) - Boscastle, Cornwall, June 2016DRAW 16 (group) - Menier Gallery, London, October 2016.Received the Presidents Award for "A Fearing"
Relocated from Cornwall to Ramsgate, Kent, July 2016
Elected as Associate Member to the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA)