"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 predominantly 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, man-made objects, beauty in the mundane; padlocks, keys, tools, bikes, book, tables & chairs. I am not solely attracted by the forms and texture of the objects themselves, but in the relationship between positive & negative, by their compositional qualities.
My etching 'Deal Pier' recently won a Lowes Dickinson prize for printmaking and 'Deal Pier, Cloudy Day' was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019. I was delighted that 'St Valery Treeline' was included in the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2019. 'Bathroom, Holt' has been shortlisted for this year's RA Summer Exhibition and three recent etchings will be on display at Finchley Arts Depot Spring Showcase.