2019 Oxford Art Society open, SJE Arts, Oxford
2019 Graphic Illustration Exhibition, The Gallery Bampton
2019 New Work Exhibition, The Gallery Bampton
2018 Summer Exhibition, ThirtyEight, Oxford
2018, Oxford Art Society open, SJE Arts, Oxford
2018, Portraiture workshops, The Ashmolean
2018 Exhibition, Thirty Eight, Summertown, Oxford
2018 Oxford Art Society Members Show, Sewell Gallery, Radley
2017 'An Observation of Blue', The Gallery, Bampton, Oxfordshire
2017 'Beyond Surface', The Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes University
2017 The Jam Factory Summer Open
2014,15,16,17 The Cornerstone in Didcot - selected for their Annual Open Exhibition
2016 'Paper' West OX Art Gallery
2016 Solo Show, Burford Art Gallery
2015 Selected for Royal Society of Portrait Artists Annual Open, The Mall Galleries, London
2011 to present The Oxford Art Society. Member since 2011 and have been chosen to exhibit yearly in both Members and Open Exhibitions
2010 to present Oxfordshire Artweeks yearly
I specialise in illustration and portraiture. I exhibit regularly as a member of The Oxford Art Society, take part in Oxfordshire Artweeks annually and, in 2015, was selected to exhibit in the prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition. I exhibit frequently in local galleries.
I am particularly drawn to the stories hidden in our local environment of tree, copse land and sky. I enjoy watching the slow interaction between trees and the way they settle in the landscape. Using ink techniques, I explore the atmosphere of this environment in all its woody detail, linking tree to sky, creating a sense of slow history and that which is still untold. I also aim to capture the movement and character of birds and animals (often threatened species) which live in our wooded environments, using both graphite and etching techniques.
The behaviour of starling flocks as they settle in their treetop roosts is also interesting. From a distance they seem to create abstract, random forms. It is only close up you see the pattern, the purpose and togetherness of these birds. Inevitably the murmurations I draw (as in real life, I suppose) start to take on a life of their own. Thousands of individually ink drawn birds overlap one another again and again to create a depth, pattern and fluidity of aerial display. I start with a plan but soon my starlings take over, evolving in unexpected ways! There may be a sudden change of direction by one small group as they strike out on their own determined path; another explosion of birds, as if a quarrel has been had. But, each time, they return, swooping back into the safety of their roost. A little like family, a starling murmuration is a story of protection, sharing, gossiping and the joy of homecoming on darker winter days.
I am equally drawn to portraiture and the human narrative, to the many subtle details that characterise humanity in any given moment - raising the ordinary to a thing to ponder; placing people in context or absenting context. Showing part of a face or an interaction creates a range of narratives and ways of seeing. I notice how the subtle ways in which we look, speak and gesture can give a range of fleeting impressions to the observer - the angle of a head, the position of a hand, the way someone sits or interacts with their environment. These all tell a story to which the onlooker adds their own.
I work in graphite and ink. Each has a natural warmth and versatility that fits well with my work. The smallest drawn (or etched) stroke can utterly change what you see.
In my other life, I am a busy Head of Art and have the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Practice as an Artist Teacher from Oxford Brookes University.