Born Kent, 1978, I am now living and working in Hebden Bridge, I studied at Canterbury Christchurch University where the paintings of Euan Uglow had a profound effect upon my understanding of painting and what a painting could be about. Later I spent a year at the Princes Drawing School, London which taught me, amongst many other important things, that I did not belong in a city! After many painting trips to Dartmoor and the Hebrides I now focus almost exclusively on landscapes, now enjoying the ruggedly beautiful areas of Calderdale and the Yorkshire Coast.
Most of the paintings on this site were all painted outdoors on location. I work in what I think of as the English Post-Cezanne tradition, and although I do not regard my practice as analytical, I aim to paint my sensations as directly as I can without decorative distortions or artful exaggerations. The apparently simple idea is that the direct use of paint and colour can account for a profound visual experience, deepening and developing that experience through the process. We start from a position of necessary naivity and paint towards a form of realisation. The role of abstraction within the process is one of developing the understanding of what is seen, as well as revealing and clarifying the vision via the unique (and still-evolving) language of painting, but why and how a painting can (hopefully) account so completely for a vision of the world (and sometimes why one would want to try) is still a mystery.
Above all my paintings are about visual enjoyment and the celebration of beauty, although my goal is certainly never to make a “beautiful painting.” We are apparently the only creatures who experience beauty and that we do so is surely deeply significant and at the core of what makes us human. In a too-often tragic and cynical world the words of the poet R.S. Thomas; “…you can witness the extent of the spectrum and grow rich with looking,” are, for me, more than just a consolation. Seeing is something we still know so little about.
1997 – 2002 – Canterbury Christchurch
2005-06 – The Princes Drawing School
Order From Chaos (With Helen Clarke) – Northlight, Hebden Bridge
Failing My Way – Northlight, Hebden Bridge
ArtsHub Mirfield – Paintings from the Hebrides
Hebden BridgeTown Hall – New Paintings
Artsmill Gallery – If This Country Were a Sea
Dean Clough Galleries – Intimate Space
Hebden Bridge Festival Gallery – New Paintings
Marlowe Gallery – New Drawings
Winter Exhibition – 108 FineArt, Harrogate
ArtsMill Gallery – Winter Open
Inside Out – La Galleria, London
Lynn PainterStainer Prize, London
Royal Academy Summer Show
Prince’s Drawing School – Group Show
Highgate House – 5 Plus 3
Dean Clough Galleries – Extravaganza
Mall Gallery – Group exhibition
Ferens Art Gallery – Open Exhibition
Rochdale Art Gallery – Open Exhibition
Group Show – Marlowe Centre, Canterbury
Group Show – Keynes Gallery, Canterbury
Princes Drawing School Bursary
Kent Adult Education – 2002-04
Hopwood Hall Rochdale – 2004-05
Harrow Art Centre – 2006-08
City Draw – 2006
Northlight Studios – 2014 – present.