"we find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates"
Junichiro Tanizaki 'In praise of shadows'
As an artist, living and working in Crouch End, North London, I have exhibited all over London and beyond, in such diverse venues as the old Aldwych underground station, at the historic Shepherd Market and on a Dutch barge moored at Little Venice. I studied Fine Art at Middlesex University, where I experimented and explored 2D art practices. Although at that point painting was my main passion, in the past few years, my major artistic focus has become printmaking. My time is split between an etching studio in Kentish Town, East London Printmakers and my home studio. I am fascinated by the many & various processes and the tactile qualities involved in etching and printing, from the relative simplicity of a linocut or screenprint created at the kitchen table, to more sophisticated methods requiring more specialist materials and equipment.
I love to travel, both at home and abroad. I take inspiration from nature: the interplay of sunlight; the formation of shadows & silhouettes, and reflections in water: from puddles to the sea. And the sky; clouds, dramatic and threatening, or light and insubstantial, creating a unique and limitless visual theatre. Other work takes inspiration from functional, manmade objects, beauty in the mundane; padlocks, keys, tools, bikes, books, tables & chairs. Not solely attracted by the forms and texture of the objects themselves, I am also interested in the relationship between positive & negative, by their compositional qualities.
In 2019, my etching 'Deal Pier' won a Lowes Dickinson prize for printmaking, and in 2020 'Bike, Kentish Town' won the Witold Library Prize. 'Deal Pier, Cloudy Day' was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019, as was 'Bathroom, Holt' in 2020. 'St Valery Treeline' was included in the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2019. In May 2021, 'Seagull, St Ives' was chosen for inclusion in the Royal Society of British Artists' Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
Several pieces of my work are at the Hampstead Garden Gallery, NW11, where I will be having a solo show in October 2021, and I will be exhibiting with North London Printmakers at the Battersea Affordable Art Fair in July. I will also be participating in Artists Walk 2021 at Alexandra Palace and Park (July to September) and a selection of my etchings will be at East Cliff House Gallery at Mistley, N Essex, as part of Mistley Secret Gardens during July.