I am predominantly a painter, my current practice: honed, abstract works, where the black brush stroke becomes the backbone, or spine of the paintings on which to hang the colours. My aim is to create a shared space with each piece of work, one where the viewer can contemplate the title, a springboard for thought or discussion. My themes can focus on eternal subjects, infinitely renewable, however, my work is often concerned with Artivism, in raising awareness about social, political and environmental issues. I am an ambassador for causes I feel strongly about and strive to increase people’s awareness and perceptions through my art (such as ‘Uprooted’ and ‘Backlash’). See my Blog section for latest news on current projects and initiatives.
I graduated from Leeds Polytechnic in 1988. One of the most influential lecturers at Leeds, to my mind, was painter and sculptor, George Hainsworth. He taught me that you needed courage as an artist to break away from the mould. There always needs to be an element of fear in making work. I have never stopped experimenting with different mediums and practices. These are the drivers in my work.