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 about me

I trained at Wakefield School of Art and Newcastle Department of Fine Art graduating in 1973. I have exhibited widely in the Midlands and more recently in Yorkshire which I made my home in 1996. I taught advanced level students in a large comprehensive in Banbury where I was Head of Art from 1988-1996 and this experience allowed me to continue to develop my work both independently and through my students.

My work is influenced by the theoretical writings of the philosopher Michel Foucault. The best illustration of this is that it could be considered to be a ‘node within a network’: that is a node or confluence between different forms of representation. The work is based on the genres of landscape, portraiture and conventional artistic practices but is also engages with metaphor operating between text and image.

My work is about memories, histories not only of the spaces but also of the processes and confluences of those processes in production. The images hover between figuration and abstraction hinting at their origins and creating a universal response to the world. As with many of the works they therefore naturally evolve as a series, although they stand alone as individual works. There is therefore a sense of time as the audience travels between related works.