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.