This year's exhibition focuses on the natural world and how we translate it into paper, stone and metal. We promise you a show full of interest and inspiration.
I will be sharing new works exploring murmurations and trees, as well as a few recent portrait commissions.
You can also enjoy stonework by David Williams and jewellery by Tamzin Keown.
People and place continually fascinate and inspire me, and I have had a pencil and sketchbook in my hand for as long as I can remember. Recently, I left my role as Head of Art to focus on my art full time.
I exhibit regularly as an elected member of both the Society of Graphic Fine Art and The Oxford Art Society. I have been selected to exhibit in several national open exhibitions (such as The Royal Society of Portrait Painters & The Royal Society of British Artists). I love taking part in Oxfordshire Artweeks annually.
I enjoy exploring the human narrative through portraiture. My challenge is to capture that transient, shifting expression of self; that fleeting look that tells an individual’s story. I particularly love to focus in on the finer, subtle details that are often missed. Drawing also brings something less tangible to my work - the fact that it can be easily rubbed out hints at the temporary nature of our existence.
I am also 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 charcoal and ink techniques, I explore the atmosphere of this environment in all its woody detail, linking tree to sky, exploring flow and space.
Murmurations feature large. The drama of the starling dance against winter skies is quite a thing. I spend most winters observing roosts, fascinated by the purpose and togetherness of these starling flocks and their place between land, water and sky. Watching them reminds me of family. A starling murmuration is a story of protection, sharing, gossiping and the joy of homecoming on darker winter days. These observations translate into thousands of individually ink-drawn birds overlapping one another again and again as I attempt to capture the remarkable fluidity of aerial display.
Occasionally, I draw birds and animals which live in our wooded environments and skies, using both drawing and etching techniques.