“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” Edgar Degas
I am an illustrator and mixed media artist. My studio is located within a Victorian Cotton Mill in Mossley, Saddleworth, surrounded by stunning landscape! I initially trained as a research scientist then retrained in the arts as a landscape architect. These experiences undoubtedly influence my illustration and painting approaches. Place and my feelings towards places, are strong influences in my art.
My illustrations tell stories about Places and occasions. I am commissioned by private and commercial clients to capture historic buildings, private homes, special places, festivals, weddings, everyday life and more. I combine drawing, painting and text to produce my documentary illustrations. These are usually created on location, with pen, ink, watercolour and other media.
My paintings express my feelings about places and what they mean to me. Historic and industrial places as well as landscapes, are key sources of inspiration. I try to convey the materiality of those places, their textures, and narrative. Through building up multiple layers of collage and paint, I aim to convey aspects of time and environment in my paintings.
“To paint not the thing but the effect it produces” Stephane Mallarme
I lead drawing and mixed media workshops from my studio at Woodend Mill and other venues
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