I am a fine artist, creating work primarily about natural subjects, exploring their
political, social and environmental themes, often in collaboration with interdisciplinary specialists and NGOs. My visual practice is multi-faceted including painting, drawing, sculpture, digital and site-reactive installation work.
I am graduate of the Royal College of Art, and previous Head of BA(Hons) Fine Art at Hull School of Art & Design. I am educated in both the arts and sciences, and enjoy deep research, fieldwork, drawing and mapping as foundations for making.

 

I believe that the one of the greatest strengths an artist can possess is an honest, far-reaching curiosity, communicating and flipping facts into intuitive artworks, offering the viewer several ways into the piece: emotive, social or through wonderment.

 

Through playful creativity I aim to convey intriguing narratives, promote conversations or ask the viewer to question preconceived
subjective perceptions or predilections.

 

I have won several awards including the
Man Drawing Prize and the Wildlife Trusts ‘Underwater Award’ learning to
scuba dive and draw marine species while submerged. Currently I am researching the phenomenology and agency of quarried island landscapes.

As a practitioner I don’t have a particular ‘process’ for a reason: each new idea for a project or new ‘problem’ to be solved requires a fundamentally different approach, both in tactics and in media selection.

 

I gain most from listening to others, much of my information and insights are transcribed and adapted from those who have been immersed in specific experiences or undertaken focused paths of research, both contemporary and historical. I often find myself saying to others “Yes I am completely ignorant of this, so can you tell me about it?”  People are generous with their time and their accrued knowledge, and for this I am always grateful.

Photo credit: Hans Rademakers

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