I am a colourist, using soft pastel and oil paint both traditionally and experimentally, on various supports such as handmade papers, plain, prepared or textured card, canvas and fabric.
I enjoy the direct application of the pure pigments, the response to the surfaces they connect with, and their amazing qualities of colour, immediacy and malleability. I find soft pastels forgiving and playful; oils, tolerant and responsive.
Both media seem to offer endless opportunities for experimentation with the tensions between harmony and conflict, design and balance.
I work on several projects simultaneously, both to transfer inspiration and protect against inhibition or preciousness!
I enjoy leaving an element of mystery in my finished work, by not providing a complete explanation........I aim for the viewer's interpretation to be both personal, unique and discussable.
Influences include the Scottish Colourists, the Impressionists and a mania for found objects.
2012 Digital Photography, Open University
2008 MA. Contemporary Fine Art Practice, Leeds Metropolitan University
2003 BA. Hons. 2:1. Open University
Leeds Fine Artists, Exhibiting member
Art House, Wakefield, member
East Street Arts, Leeds, member
Central Art Studios, studio holder, Keighley
Art on the Square artists' collective, Pop Up Gallery Spaces
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