I paint and I also work with clay, applying the same principal of building up layers and texture in both mediums. I paint with oil and acrylics, using different thicknesses of paint, and sometimes adding collage materials.
I am fascinated with colour and texture, its everywhere and I see it in everything. It is an essential element in my life and therefore in my work.
I love the sea, the way the shore blends into the sea and the sea blends into the sky. How it changes from season to season, and throughout any day, even from one minute to the next. I love the detail of the coast, looking into rock pools and at seaweed, searching for precious beach findings and pebbles that have been weathered by the tide. I love the smell of the sea and the way it both relaxes you and invigorates you, it clears your head. I have a deep affinity with West Cornwall in particular.
The area I live in is very important to me, I feel rooted in West Yorkshire and find home earthy, honest and grounding. The Moors are especially evocative.
Another big influence on my art is my love of old and exotic textiles, the way they have been crafted, and how time alters them, creating a fragile beauty. The colours, patterns and embellishments fascinate me.
I have also been massively influenced by the crafts of Morocco and the Moorish influence on Southern Spain. The ironwork, ceramics and textiles of the culture and the absolute assault on the senses you experience on visiting Marrakech or Seville, or The Alhambra at Granada.
I believe, who you are, what you see and how you see it, where you go and how you view your surroundings, becomes your art.
It is basically an expression of what you love and what makes you feel happy and content or excited. It comes from inside you, your art is fundamentally about who you are.
I’m interested in what time does to a place, or an object. The way decay occurs, and how that, in its self, can be a beautiful thing. I like the idea of finding something old and breathing new life into it.