As an artist I specialize in hand-painted silk collage, mainly depicting stylized landscapes and ancient monuments from around the British Isles.
I like to discover places whilst walking, recording images through photography and sketch from which I can develop collage compositions. I use hand-painted silk as it enables me to lift a simple design with vibrant, expressive colour and a sharp, descriptive line, creating works of atmosphere and vitality.
Common themes reappear - high fells and wild moorland, white horses, standing stones against stormy skies and unusual rock formations. My influences include artists from varying genres such as Beardsley, Hokusai, Redon, Goldsworthy and Ernst, a childhood spent roaming hills and mountains, the music of my youth and my home within the limestone and gritstone lands of the Yorkshire Dales.
Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Harrogate Collage of Arts & Technology 1991
BA Hons History & Theory of Art, University of Central Lancashire 1998
'Kilburn Horse' Hand-Painted Silk Collage
I'm regularly on Twitter and Facebook with updates about my silk art, events and being outdoors.
Short video showing aspects of the walk around Thruscross Reservoir, Washburn Valley in North Yorkshire.