About

I was raised in Yorkshire but am now rooted on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire. I spent 25 years running a couple of startups in the digital learning world but in 2017 I broke free to pursue my lifelong passion for fine art. I’m now exploring new avenues of creative expression and reaching new audiences. As an artist, I draw, paint, photograph and create installations but I employ my digital skills when technology will enhance an outcome. I find much of my inspiration in the wilderness of nature and I’m passionate about maintaining biodiversity for the benefit of the human condition.

Artist Statement

Our increasing disconnect with natural wonder is desperately concerning. We seem to seek comfort and control in an arms race that shields us from the chaos of mother nature but I want to be the unpredictable insect living in the shadows of the flat-pack lounge. I want to liberate us from the dust of everyday life by portraying the hard things we hide from in a sublime way so I deconstruct order and mesh it with nature to create a new kaleidoscope on the human condition. Some of my subjects are beautiful and others less so but humour is often my secret weapon to open a door to new perspectives and say things that mere words cannot explain. What drives me forwards is a belief that we have become far too comfortable so I’m with Banksy in believing that “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”

Exhibitions & Open Calls

2021

Exhibiting artist | CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES EXHIBITION, Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibiting artist | OUTSIDE POWER EXHIBITION, National Justice Museum, Nottingham
Exhibiting artist | LOOSEN ART LANGUAGE EXHIBITION, Millepiani Gallery, Rome
Selected artist (May) | THE WORKING ARTIST magazine

2020

Selected artist (December) | ARTISTS RESPONDING TO eZine
Exhibiting artist | TED LEWIS – Get Carter 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
Selected artist | NO JOBS IN THE ARTS e-Zine
Exhibiting artist | BASSETLAW OPEN ARTS COMPETITION, Bassetlaw Museum, Retford
Artist of the month (May) | DARK YELLOW DOT website
Shortlisted artist | 2020 VISION: 100 years of justice, Magistrates Association
Exhibiting artist | RESTRAINT/CONSTRAINT, National Justice Museum, Nottingham
Exhibiting artist | FERENS OPEN EXHIBITION, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

2019

Exhibiting artist | LIVING PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION, The Brunswick, Leeds
Exhibiting artist | THiNK Summer Open Exhibition, THiNK Art Gallery, Nottingham
Shortlisted artist | URBAN 2019 PHOTO AWARDS
Exhibiting artist | WIRKSWORTH ARTS TRAIL, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Exhibiting artist | RAISED BEDS, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham

2018

Exhibiting artist | WIRKSWORTH ARTS TRAIL, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

2017

Exhibiting artist | Final show, Nottingham College, Nottingham

Professional Practice

Branch member & speaker | Creative Mornings, Derby
Stoney Angel Artists | Art cooperative, founding member

Training & Consultancy

Emulsion transfer workshop | Local art groups
Unleashing creativity workshop | Local creative businesses