About

Objective

My current art practice is inspired by local surroundings in the Norfolk Broads and East Anglia beaches, dykes and vast rural landscapes.

My passion is creating abstract seascape paintings in oils. I live near the East coast of the Norfolk Broads. Walking meditations around Trimingham, Winterton, Caister beaches inspire my work. I use a bright colour palette to capture the changing landscape and the rugged beauty of the area. The paint itself is presented in layers, by working on several canvases at a time I revisit each one in turn until it feels finished. The outcome is often a long way from the starting point, however initial colours radiate through from the scratchy style mark making.

Many artists inspire me, particularly Cy Twombly for his texture and large scale paintings, Fred Williams for his courageous use of colour in his outback paintings, Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham for surprising colour compositions.

Education

September 2007 MA with Commendation, fine and applied arts Practice, University of Hertfordshire
September 2003 BA Illustration (Hons) University of Westminster
December 1984 Diploma of Interior design, Perth, Australia (3 years)

Awards & Invitations

Shortlisted for Sir John Hurt art prize, Holt July 2022
Invitational Coast Wymondham arts centre July 2022
Shortlisted for Sir John Hurt art prize, Holt July 2021
Shortlisted for Sir John Hurt art prize, Holt July 2019
Guest artist Artworks group, Suffolk 2019
Invitation for Solo exhibition Wymondham Arts Centre 2019

Memberships

NNAC (Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle)
A-N and AIR (Artists Newsletter)
N-CAS (Norfolk Contemporary art Society)
AiEA Artist Circle member Art in East Anglia

Exhibitions

2023

Ongoing –  Art of East Anglia Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
April Spring Art Show Forum Norwich TBC
27,28,29 May 2,3,4, June North Norfolk Open studios, Upton
July Group exhibition Wymondham Art Centre TBC
13-19 Sept Solo Makers Gallery Holt

2022

6-10 April  Spring Art Show Forum Norwich
15-16  April  Easter Art Show Forum Norwich
Delayed (due to Garden groundworks) Solo Fairhaven Gardens South Walsham
12-24 July Coast exhibition Wymondham Art Centre
Summer Exhibition Yare Gallery Great Yarmouth
10 Sept-2 Oct NNAC Handa Gallery, Wells Maltings
1,2 & 8, 9 Oct Norfolk Open studios
Dec 22 ongoing – Winter Exhibition Art of East Anglia Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
21-22 Dec  Christmas Exhibition Forum Norwich

2021

2 -5 Dec Art Fair East St Andrews Hall, Norwich
25 Sept -10 Oct Norfolk Open studios Upton
28 & 29 Aug Forum, Norwich, Summer exhibition Group show
18 – 22- August Forum, Norwich, Preview show Norfolk Open studios
18 Jun- 18 July Marys Garden Group exhibition Old workshop Gallery, Corpusty
15 June ongoing Art in East Anglia Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
29-31 May 5&6 June- Open studio Upton
Feb onwards Online Gallery with Fairhaven Garden, South Walsham

2020

14 Nov-9 Jan Christmas exhibition, Corpusty Gallery, Holt
27  June onwards – Art in the Garden, in home studio garden, Summer
31 March  Wroxham Barns, with Thurne and Bure Trail group. Rearranged
25 Feb-1 Mar Coasts and Woods solo Fairhaven Gardens Gallery, South Walsham

2019

15 Dec Fairhaven Christmas Event, South Walsham
3 & 4 Dec  Showcase, Norwich Forum
21 Sept – 6 Oct Artworks Blackthorpe Barn, Suffolk
20 Aug – 1 Sept Contemporary Seascapes Solo Wymondham Arts
20 – 27 July Sir John Hurt Art prize, Auden Theatre, Holt
25 May -9 June Norfolk Open Studios
21May- 22 July Theatre Royal, Norwich, Mixed show NNOS19
11 May -9 June Mixed show The Old Workshop Gallery, Corpusty
29 Apr-5 May Forum Norwich, Open studios taster
12-17 March Solo Coastal Beauty, Fairhaven Gardens

Interests

Most of my interests are nature and health related.  As an Aussie kid, I played tennis and swam in the sea most days. My Mum was a tennis coach so we were heavily involved in hosting international players and I even ball girled for Borg and McEnroe a few times in the Perth tournaments! Now I just play to stay fit at Acle TC and still love swimming, hence my obsession with the coast. Music is my other passion, I recently discovered the Native American wooden flute and also play for joy a Trevor James silver flute.