I painted for the first time when I was in my later 20's, having avoided the school art room like the plague - partly through the total lack of ability, but then, as now, from an aversion to, and discomfort in anything other than creative privacy.
I have worked and exhibited over the last thirty years, landscape always being the source of my inspiration.
About five years ago I had some time out from painting when I became besotted with a digital camera, and we became inseparable! I knew nothing about the 'science' of photography, and now know next to nothing, but I have put my trust in my eye and the lens and seeking always the magical connection sometimes catch that something 'other'.
This sojourn into another discipline resulted, two years ago, in a whole new approach and direction for my art and late in 2010 I embarked on a commited body of work which has absorbed, excited, challenged and enthralled me. Many of the starting points arrived as inspirations from reading Mircea Eliade "Sacred and Profane". This book essentialised and brought into the light a lifetime's odyssey and search for spiritual understanding .Particular ideas that emerged and found expression included transcendence, hierophany, threshold, the 'between', beauty and metamorphosis, spiritual archaeology etc.
My passion has always been to explore the hidden and mystical qualities of nature held within the landscape, bringing into relationship both general, particular, material and symbolic subjects, delving behind the structures of the natural world in order to present some kind of intimation into visible and invisible worlds. This involves a diversity of images, which nevertheless arrive at a resonance with each other. Sometimes this reveals a gently surreal syncronicity. I often feel that I am both building up layers and sculpting into the paper in a process of archaeological symbolism. I combine a printing technique with coloured pencil, pastel and gouache. Some works also incorporate collage.
|November-December2011||Artemisia Gallery Abbotsbury Dorset|
|May 2011||Bridport Open Studios|
|August 2010||Bridport Open Studios|
|May-June 2008||Dorset Art Weeks|
Past Solo Exhibitions during the 80's and 90's included:-
Vale & Downland Museum Wantage
Baylywick Gallery Wells
Alpha Gallery East Coker
Alpha Gallery Salisbury
Meridien Gallery Kelynack Cornwall
Past Shared Exhibitions included:-
Butlin Gallery Dillington Ilminster
Art Centre Yeovil
Rimpton House Sherborne
'Alma' Dorchester Hospital
Work exhibited at following galleries from late 1980's into the 2000's
Thursday Gallery, Bath. Sirotta Gallery, Wells. Saltram House, Plymouth. Gumstool Gallery Tetbury. Delahaye Cirencester Horizon,Lands End Newlyn Orion,Cornwall
Syreford, Cheltenham Hambledon, Blandford Elizabeth Interiors, South Petherton.
Castle Arts, Canterbury. Peter Hedley, Wareham. VictoriaArt, Taunton
Canterbury Festival of the Arts
Concerning the Spiritual in Art Wedmore Arts Festival.