Photo by H Gregg for After Alice Project
I am a visual artist living and working in Blackshaw Head where my studio overlooks the misty Pennine Hills. I have travelled widely in Spain, Portugal and South America, where the intense luminosity of light and colour profoundly influenced my artwork. My work involves painting , pulp-painting and print-making.
I have always painted: I like a painting to emerge from the surface. I work mainly in acrylics on canvas, for the jewel-like colour, flexibility, durability and the quick drying time between layers of paint – of which there are many. My work is infused with Celtic and Hispanic influences, as my heritage is English and Irish, and my area of expertise is in Hispanic Arts. My themes and sources of inspiration to date include: Time, perception, figures, faces, birds, dreams, archetypes, icons, meditation, mythology, journeys and sacred places. I am seeking to contemporise the Mystical.
I am inspired by our spiritual heritage and all the themes therein. Recently I have been working on a series of paintings about the ancient history and spiritual heritage of Britain. My creative process has involved using Art collections, ancient writings, histories, archaeological findings and treasures, in order to imbue the mystical, visionary aspect of my painting with a sense of reality: It is a way of exploring our shared, evolving heritage. This has been the core of an exhibition called Inheritence.
After two years intensive work, I have completed a triptych called ‘the Re-appropriation of St George’ claiming him back from the far right as symbol of integrity and unity. I have explored the deeper themes associated with him and his fascinating connections across the world. I have built an exhibition around this work called Affinity which has been hosted at Bradford Cathedral (2017) and Wells Cathedral (2018). I have developed site-specific work for both Cathedrals including The Annunciation (set in the Pennines) for the Lady Chapel in Bradford Cathedral.
I have exhibited both with groups and independently in Leeds, Bradford, York London, Wells, Manchester, Berlin and Valencia. My work is represented by Sable and Ox and is shown locally in the EarthSpirit Gallery space in Hebden Bridge.