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Experience is of paramount importance in my work and I need to be physically involved in that initial source. By being involved in this way with the things that inspire me, the paintings become equivalents for the experiences through their marks and layers of paint.
I am drawn to the patina, traces and remains of my subject matter - how age reveals history. So I layer, distress and repaint the images until I have dug out the content I am looking for. I often break up the imagery into different spatial areas to suggest the way in which we get to know a place - gathering bits of information to build the whole picture.
A piece of work is finished when it appears aged rather than new - when I recognise it for the first time .....
Although I have always made images, it was not until the 1980s, as a mature student, that I achieved my ambition of attending art school. Following a foundation course in Kidderminster in the West Midlands, I gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Wolverhampton and then three years later, an MA in Fine Art from Birmingham School of Art.
I then taught for seven years on Foundation and recreational courses alongside the development of my own work.
In 1995 I was Artist in Residence at Grizedale Forest in Cumbria and the three months’ experience of living in a caravan and working in a huge studio changed my life. After some family upheavals, I decided to move north to Whitby and lived in a caravan for the next three years, working in a large barn. At last I was able to integrate my life with my work.
Since then I have continued to work and exhibit widely. After several more moves via caravans, bedsits and flats, now, accompanied by my tabby cat Sam I live and work in Hawes in Wensleydale.