Liverpool in the 60's was a city of music, poetry and art. It was vibrant and young and the Art College was central to this creative energy. It was here that the dynamics and intensity of the mountains and weather of North Wales, a powerful influence, collided with this effervescent, happening city. It is in the hills of the Peak District that I now draw and paint. I still react most strongly to moving through the landscape, to the dynamics between the atmosphere of weather and solid grounded form of rock and path. The loose, gestural use of oil paint explores the spirituality and emotion of seeing light and colour, texture and space, which continue to inspire me to try to make poetry out of paint.
After studying Fine Art, painting at Chester Art School and Liverpool College of Art I continued to paint throughout my career in education, working part time at the University of Malta, in Adult Education, at Manchester University, collaborative work with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and full time as Senior Lecturer at Stockport College. Since gaining a Rootstein Hopkins Award for painting in 2001 I have devoted my time to my work in the studio, taking on community and private commissions as well as developing my personal portfolio. I have continued to exhibit regularly including Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk; Liverpool University, Sheffield University, Birchwood Business Centre, Warrington; Hanover Galleries, Liverpool; and Stockport Art Gallery. I have paintings in the National Public Art Collection, Arena Housing Head Office, Liverpool, Liverpool Housing Trust offices and Psychology Consultants Sheffield. for further details see Events and Projects