For over 30 years I have worked in arts education and most recently at Falmouth University running a reknowned Arts & Design Foundation course. My involvement with education continues as an External Moderator for UAL.
I have organised and coordinated exhibitions and prior to teaching worked as a freelance textile artist and designer. With an MA in Fine Art Practice I see myself as a fine artist maker, creating artifact's and visual imagery in both 2D and 3D. Materails, all kinds of materials inform and become part of my work, these include metal, found objects, fabric, paper, paint , wax, glass and very recently film. My work concerens itself with the inhereited landscapes of memory, belonging, place, sentiment, family, ancestry and eveolution. This landscape I find in my immediate surroundings, be that a victorian bottle dump, sandy beach's or the subtropical gardens of West Cornwall.
Marks left by the passing of time fascinate me. The patina left by human or elemental intervention, often found in partially decayed or eroded objects inform the way I make work. Trying to capture the essence of something that is broken, used, redundant, yet complete in its portrayal of time and place is central to my practice. The immediate, close landscape at our feet intrest me, here you can find remnants of other lives and other times; these images, objects, materials and matter spark my curiosity. By working with these fragments a new life within them is revealed as reinvented objects, images, experimenst and sometimes collections. My work explores the delicate balance between the past and present of life evolving.
My work has been shown primarily in galleries in the South West and has toured the UK with the Jerwood Drawing Prize. More recently, 2019, work was also selected for the Royal West of England Academy Open and was prize winner at South West Academy for Fine and Applied Arts.