I am fascinated by huge skies , moorlands , ancient places and earth mysteries . All these ingredients seem to meet on my doorstep. It seemed only natural to find my creative side inspired by regular excursions in the Peak District . Whatever the weather conditions or season the sense of mystery in the leafy birch glades and dales or the majesty of the vast open skies and moorlands never fail to amaze and inspire.
My major influences are The St Ives School, Turner, Kurt Jackson and modernism . I love minimalism .The idea of classical impressionist landscape seems often to collide with my love of Pop Art, and Modern Abstraction hence a kind of “culture clash” which has interesting results. I am trying to explore the relationship between Earth and Sky , dawn and twilight and the spaces in between. The mystery of Ancient sites, rituals and burial grounds intrigues me.
The relationship between sound and colour intrigues and inspires my work . Music is a constant source of inspiration which has led me into Improvisational Performance Painting with Sheffield musician Jim Ghedi and guitarist Toby Hay I also enjoy collaborating on various projects with photographer Billy Bye and writer Nicky Crewe. I hope to explore this area with others as the opportunities arise.
I am an untrained artist , which is a blessing and a curse, my grandfather was a landscape artist and photographer in Edinburgh ,my mother trained as a designer and also painted and had success as a writer.
I have been fortunate to exhibit in London , Sheffield , Derby, Buxton, Manchester and galleries in Finland and at home in Bakewell .Also non permanent site specific street art in Barcelona and Reykjavik as well as installations in local barns, forgotten building, woodlands and moors.
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