"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. I am delighted to say, 'Scottish Trees' was awarded the Governors Choice Prize at WM College, May 2022. 'Deal Pier, Cloudy Day' was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019. I am currently in the second round of judging for the 2022 Summer Exhibition with 'London Chimneys'. 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, and I recently exhibited with North London Printmakers at the Hampstead Affordable Art Fair for the first time. I have three etchings in a virtual exhibition with Tebbs Contemporary, and 'Bedroom, Loire' has been with the London Lighthouse Gallery for their Spring 2022 show.
I was delighted to be accepted by ArtCan organisation in May, and look forward to a long and fruitful journey with them.