Born in Lancashire in 1953, I have drawn for as long as I can remember and still consider drawing to be the most important of artistic skills. I attended Burnley College of Art to complete my A levels and an Art Foundation Degree, going on to Ripon College of Education to train as an Art teacher. It was only after early retirement to take on a caring role that I began to paint in earnest and later concentrated on my own artistic practise. Being at home for long periods of time, I started to paint what was around me and so I specialised in still life
My crisply painted, carefully composed still lifes evoke a sense of the familiar and occasionally a sense of fun. I aim to contemporise the traditional genre of still life, displaying a modern, illustrative quality and capturing moments which are often overlooked. Some of my paintings suggest a human presence or familiar narrative which resounds with the viewer. A book, left open for a moment or a coat thrown casually on a chair back indicate that someone has been here and may return,
My religious work stems from a desire to express my Catholic faith in art. The Stations of the Cross drawings and sketches are a starting point for a long term project which will develop, hopefully into a complete collection of paintings which I will work on over the next few years.
I work from my studio at home in Cheshire, exhibit in galleries around the country, and in 2019 was elected a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. I am also a member of the Society of Catholic Artists.
At present, my work can be seen at:
Look Gallery, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Hybrid Gallery, Honiton, Devon
Water Street Gallery, Todmorden.
Artdog Gallery, Honor Oak, Forest Hill, London
Duffield Art Gallery, Belper, Derbyshire
Taurean Art, Ashbourne, Derbyshire