Contemporary British Painter
I work outdoors on Shotover Hill and in Wytham Woods and from my Headington studio. The paintings show the trace of seeing - the experience of being among the trees rather than literal images 'of' trees.
In 2020, I received an Art Council England award to develop my Perceptual Field project based on lockdown birdsong, with paintings more about sound than vision.
Whatever the location and visual subject matter (and this element is always in the background), my abstract paintings are made at the point where interior and external worlds intersect.
The real subject of my work is the coming-into-being of perception - the moment of realisation we see, hear or notice something that was not in mind before.
I've exhibited widely, including The Royal Cambrian Academy Open Exhibition 2021, and the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Royal Watercolour Society annual Contemporary Watercolour Competitions. Some paintings are always on display at Darle and the Bear Gallery in Woodstock.
My work in many private and public collections, including the John Radcliffe Hospital, the University of Oxford/Wytham Woods, the Perse School Cambridge and more.
Particularly interested in contemporary watercolour - strong watercolour - and the connections between making art and mindfulness, I teach drawing and painting in imaginative online workshops (since the pandemic) and in studios in Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds and Derbyshire
Formal art education was at Oxford Brookes and Winchester School of Art. Formerly Visual Arts Therapist at The School of Life, London, I use art with individuals and groups to generate awareness of the metaphors that support the evolution of the inner dialogue and identity.
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