My paintings reflect landscapes that I enjoy exploring, especially the wild remote hills and moors in the UK and Ireland. I trudge these places armed with a sketchbook and a few basic drawing materials. Back in my studio I flick through the sketchbook until a drawing or series of drawings seem to speak. Then the adventure begins, exploring possibilities much as I explored new terrain. Images are built up, maybe using collage or liquid graphite, and layers of thin acrylic paint are intermingled with line. I draw on my memories as much as the sketches, remembering the scents on the wind and the changing light. When is the painting finished? When it speaks back to me of that remembered experience.
I have always painted. A career in Theatre Design was followed by teaching textiles and embroidery at colleges in Yorkshire before taking up painting full time and gaining an MA in Fine Art at the University of Leeds. I exhibit widely in Britain and in Ireland and in 2012 received the award of “South Yorkshire Artist of the Year”. My work is in private collections in this country and abroad.