I am inspired by the wild and beautiful scenery of the North East around Weardale and Teesdale. My current work is based on an ancient mining landscape called Cockfield Fell where I walk nearly every day. I use elements of what I see and combine these with my imagination to create my paintings. I am fascinated by the Fell’s strange, other-worldly, abstract shapes defined by the morning shadows and framed by big dramatic skies. Its pools, pathways, mounds, dips and curves are my motifs. I decide which shapes and colours to play with, then draw and apply layers of paint until I find balance and a painterly world emerges which celebrates this landscape.
In 2014 I graduated from Sunderland University with a first class degree in fine art and have since exhibited in several galleries and competitions throughout Yorkshire and the UK and I have been shortlisted for the 2017/18 New Light Art Prize.