My impulse to paint is to do with giving expression to that which is only partially known and for the alchemy of painting to reveal the truth of what was just glimpsed fleetingly, maybe a vision or connection.
Using a process of layering, blending and filtering appearances, I see my paintings as relics of the journey that brought them into being. I use the relationship of light with darker bodies of paint to tease out emotional and spiritual landscapes which are at once personal and universal.
I paint primarily to contribute to the discourse of fine art which I love and try to honour in my own practice. I'm particularly inspired by the drive of the abstract expressionists and believe in their pure motives of making art to elevate and enliven us, whilst acknowledging our collective darkness. In the moment of encounter with the art work, we are brought back to the essence of our being.
MA Cultural & Critical Theory, University of Brighton, 2003 - Distinction
Thesis: Is the Aesthetic Experience Revelatory of an Exclusive Modality of Truth?
BA Fine Art Painting, Bath Spa University, 2001
Finalist in National Open Art Competition, 2009
Finalist in Brighton Festival Visual Arts Prize, 2005
2018 - Moments of Truth, Brighton Festival, Brighton
2017 - Inside Experience, solo exhibition, Irene Mensah Gallery, Brighton
2017 - I Want to See, solo exhibition, Pie factory, Margate
2016 - Super 8 Open House, Artists Open House Trail, Brighton
2015 - Awakenings, group exhibition, Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester
2012-2015 - Career break to have children
2012 - Solo show at Friese Greene Gallery, Brighton
2010 - Seekings, Group Exhibition, Brighton Media Centre
2005-2018 - Open Studio exhibitions at Studio 106 as part of Brighton Festival
2004 - Art in Mind, Brick Lane Gallery, London
2002 - Group Exhibition, Walcott Chapel, Bath