About

I am inspired by the landscape of the North East where I live. Most of my work is based on an ancient mining landscape called Cockfield Fell where I walk nearly every day. I use elements of what I see and combine these with my imagination to create my paintings. I am fascinated by the Fell's strange, other-worldly, abstract shapes defined by the morning shadows and framed by big dramatic skies. Its pools, pathways, mounds, dips and curves are my motifs. I decide which shapes and colours to play with, then draw and apply layers of paint until I find balance and a painterly world emerges which celebrates this landscape.

In 2014 I graduated from the University of Sunderland with a first class degree in fine art. Since then I have regularly exhibited in the UK and in 2015 was selected for the International Contemporary Biennale held in Versilia and I have also exhibited in Florence. In 2015 I reached the final shortlists both for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and  the National Open Art Exhibition. In 2016 I was selected as one of the North East's emerging artists and featured in the annual art journal Lungs. I am an elected exhibiting member of the prestigious Leeds Fine Artists group and have been shortlisted for The New Light Art Prize 2017/2018.  This year I have been selected for the Beep Painting Prize and was awarded The Artist Magazine prize at the RBSA Prize Exhibition.

My work can be purchased through Watermark Gallery, Harrogate, Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle and various exhibitions throughout the UK.