I create unique and original art that is inspired by the beauty, fragility and vulnerability of the natural world; it is sometimes quirky, sometimes serious but always curious – the result of research and intrigue.

I spend much of my time immersed in nature as my studio in North Worcestershire looks out onto open countryside. I often get inspiration for ideas for my art whilst out walking my dogs, riding my horse, chasing my chickens and beekeeping.

Although I use a range of media to make my artwork I am currently exploring the cyanotype process (a camera-less photographic printing process that uses ultraviolet light and results in blueprints). I really enjoy its serendipity and versatility. I work with a combination of natural materials as well as collage to make my images and the monochrome colour gives the work a cohesiveness which I like. Using sunlight to create the artworks link them closely to nature.

I have an MA in Fine Art. I exhibit regularly in both group and solo exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include Fulham Palace in London, Winterbourne gardens in Birmingham and Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. I have been shortlisted for several prize exhibitions including the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Ruskin Drawing Prize. My work is held in both private and public collections.

 

CV

Education

2006 M.A. (Distinction) Fine Art, Birmingham City University

2005 B.A. (First Class Hons.) Fine Art, Birmingham City University

Awards and Residencies

2021 Prize Winner Oxford Open Arts

2017-18 Arts Council Funded Project ‘Portrait of an Alternative Anatomy’

2016 Shortlisted for Ruskin Drawing Prize

2015 Shortlisted for Shoosmith Art Prize

2014 Shortlisted for Shoosmith Art Prize

2014 Residency at Croome Court, Worcester

2010 Residency at mac-lab, Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham

2009 Arts Council Funded Residency at The Rea Garden, Birmingham

2008-9 Artist at Birmingham City University with AA2A (Artist Access to Art Colleges)

2008 Shortlisted for Jerwood Drawing Prize

2006 NOMADS Travel Bursary Award, Vivid, Birmingham

2006 Rhubarb Festival Bursary Award (Photography), Rhubarb-Rhubarb, Birmingham

2005 Louisa Anne Ryland Scholarship Travel Bursary, Birmingham City University

2003 The Whitworth Wallace Marine Painting Prize Gold Medal, Birmingham City University

 Exhibitions

(edited highlights)

 

2022  ‘Shadows in the Sun’, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery (Solo)

2020/21  ‘Under the Sun’, Fulham Palace, London (Solo)

2020  ‘Shadows of the Sun’, Coach House Gallery, Winterbourne Gardens, Birmingham (Solo)

2020  ‘Fifty Bees 4’, Black Swan Arts, Frome

2018  ‘Awe and Wonder’, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, (Solo)

2018 ‘Fragile’, Number 8 Gallery, Pershore. (Solo)

2017 The Big Sleuth, Birmingham

2016  ‘Fore*shad*ow’, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

2016 ‘The John Ruskin Prize 2015 Recording Britain Now: Society’, Walsall and London

2015 Shoosmith’s Art Prize Exhibition, Milton Keynes

2015 ‘The Big Hoot’, Birmingham

2014 to present ‘A Sign of the Times’ Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

2014 Shoosmith’s Art Prize Exhibition, Milton Keynes

2013 ‘A Sign of the Times’, Midland Art Centre, Birmingham

2013 ‘Sha*dow’, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

2013 ‘Cabinet of Curiosities, Room of Wonder’ Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent

2012  ‘i have glimpsed the future’, Aedas Presents, Birmingham (Solo)

2011 ‘i am not myself’, VINYL, Birmingham (Solo)

2010 ‘A site of no special interest’, Solihull

2010 ‘RE:animate’, oriel davies, Wales and Wolverhampton Art Gallery

2010 The Big M (ISIS Arts and AND Festival), Preston, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2009 ‘Endless Descent’, Birmingham

2009 ‘CREAM’, Tokyo

2009 London Group Open, Menier Gallery, London

2009 Abandon Normal Devices, FACT, Liverpool

2009‘Unnatural Selection’, Birmingham

2009 ‘Tickle Attack’, Lodz, Poland and Dudelange, Luxembourg

2008 Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition, London

2008 ‘Backlight 08′, Florence, Vienna and Finland

2008 ‘MoveMe’, Rainbird Gallery and selected tube stations, London

2008 ‘Going Underground’, Berlin

2007 London Group Open, Menier Gallery, London

2007 ‘Akureyrar Vaka 2007′, galleriBOX, Akureyi, Iceland

2007 ‘The Perfect Real’, C.C.A., Glasgow and King St Arts Centre, Belfast

2006 ’60 Second Surreal’, Hayward Gallery, London

2006 ‘pushpull’, MA Show, U.C.E., Birmingham

2005 BA (Hons) Fine Art Show, U.C.E., Birmingham

2005 ‘Illusion’, City Space, Birmingham

2003 ‘Religion, Art and War’, Salon des Arts, London