Born in County Durham I have lived most of my adult life in Ilkley where I have been pursuing my own work alongside teaching in school and colleges. Recently, I moved to live in Addingham. After my initial Art training in the North East I attended Ilkley College, later doing an Art history degree with the Open University and finally completing my post graduate year at Bretton Hall, of Yorkshire Sculpture Park fame.
I have exhibited in a variety of solo, group and mixed exhibitions locally and further afield. For several years I was a member of a group who exhibited together in Pateley Bridge. The exhibition ‘Sanctuary’ was a collaboration between artists from different disciplines – visual artists, poet, sound artist and film maker.
Alongside my usual work based on the natural world and ancient artefacts, this year, I have been working mainly on more abstract images some of which have been shown on the Big Screen in Bradford linked to the Not Just Hockney website.
Most of my work is mixed media. I enjoy combining materials and exploiting the ‘happy accidents’ that occur when seemingly incompatible materials are used together. I try to select materials appropriate for my ideas so often work in different materials simultaneously – anything from print making, oil painting to tapestry weaving.