After an Honours degree (life drawing and painting) in Fine Art and Art History from the University of Reading with Claude Rogers as Professor my working life was as an art teacher in London. The last twenty one years were as a tenured Associate Lecturer at Uxbridge College, Hillingdon. Here I introduced print – making, writing an etching manual for the students and taught life drawing and visual studies and organized numerous exhibitions.
In 1996 I relocated to the USA for two and a half years attending post – graduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA studying abstract painting, collage and assemblage.
Since coming to live in Devon I have been involved in the Open Studios movement, working briefly for South Hams Council and managing an annual £5K grant. I was a Board Member and Trustee for Devon Artist Network for five years and then a Committee Member of Totnes and Dartington Open Studios serving as Chair for two years.
My work has always been about putting small pieces together and overlapping to add depth or make a larger piece. The basic materials have changed over time from etching with Chine colle to beach plastic assemblages to collages using paper memorabilia: stamps, sweet wrappers, tickets, old maps or letters to watercolours. Now I am reinvestigating the use of fabrics and wax. I like to use old, cotton fabric that is dyed and waxed with beeswax. The pieces are knotted or stitched together with linen thread, the kind used by book-binders.
After many years of abstract work I am now looking outside at the world around me, influenced by dreams and memories and making portraits sometimes of people, occasionally animals, creating a family in my studio. I never know who is going to arrive until they are here.
I have exhibited widely in group shows in the UK including RA, RWA, RSW, Mall Galleries, Oxford University and Brighton University. Solo shows include Richmond Riverside Gallery, the Flavel at Dartmouth and most recently, 2017 at Bridport Art Centre.
The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts
Registered Charity No. 1087350
Company Registration No. 4243361
A charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales
Web site by Design Timbre