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STATEMENT

Through painting I am able to structure and express my experience of outer and inner worlds into a solid form. My landscape paintings are constructed in the studio, rather than created in the field and develop mainly from a dialogue between the painting process and my responses, which include memory, emotion, rational decision making, intuition and spontaneity. It is important that painting remain an organic process, open to change, development and discovery. I use acrylic paint which allows for flexibility in terms of moving beyond the traditional use of brushes and other techniques. However, I also employ some methods of oil painting to achieve a particular surface and quality of color. I aim to keep narrative to a minimum in my work, in order to stimulate memory, emotion and unconscious processes in the viewer. Inspiration for my work comes from several sources. The first being landscape itself. We are at an important place in terms of our relationship with the natural world."Landscape in art tells us, or asks us to think about, where we belong"(Andrews, 1999), be it psychologically, emotionally, socially, economically, historically, or spiritually. I choose to be a landscape painter, because I can connect to it emotionally and it orientates me to my place in the world. Secondly, the tradition of landscape painting - or more specifically a vein of English Romantic Realism, which dates back to the visionary painter, Samuel Palmer(1805-81) and can be traced through many painters up to the contemporary David Inshaw - is also an important source of inspiration and connection for me. Although I have been living in the US for over 25 years and have also undoubtedly been deeply influenced by the certain American painters, I still identify myself as an English painter. Lastly, I have over the past several years been quite engrossed in the task of attempting to reconcile opposites, in terms of both painting content and process. This I believe can offer an emotional intensity and a deeply suggestive quality, not found in the other visual arts. This quality lies within the tensions of content - between waking reality and dream, beauty and the underlying forces of darkness; between the living and the dead, the familiar and the strange; as well as in process – the light and the dark, detail and smudgy generalization, rational and spontaneous decisions. 

 
BRIEF BIO
1963 - Born in the village of Rochford, England.
 
1979-1981 - Attended Southeast Essex College, England. Completed two year Art Foundation Program.
 
1983-1986 - Attended Bath Academy of Art, England. Completed Bachelor of Arts degree, specializing in fine art. Graduated with honors.
 
1991 - Came to the United States. Settled in New York City.
 
2001-2004 - Attended New York University. Completed Masters of Arts degree in clinical art therapy.
 
2006-present - Moved to Massachusetts, settling in the town of Northampton. 
 
 

EXHIBITIONS

Solo and two-person shows
 
2017       In a Different Light  –  Easthampton City Arts Gallery, Easthampton, MA

2015       Landscape Paintings – Old Courthouse Gallery, Northampton, MA 

2014       Elementum – City Arts+, Easthampton, MA

1996       Small Works – London Buddhist Center, London

                New Work – Conductors Hallway Gallery, London

1995       Paintings – Rising Sun Arts Center, Reading, England

 

Selected group shows

2016       Juried Group Show – A3 Gallery, Amherst, MA

2016       Paintings – Hosmer Gallery, Northampton, MA

2008       Art as Witness – Elusie Gallery, Easthampton, MA

1998       Orange – Holland Tunnel Arts Projects, Brooklyn, NY

                Strong Modern – Williamsburg Arts Center, Brooklyn. NY

                Vision 21 – The Tunnel

                Process and the Image – Eleven East Ashland Gallery, Phoenix, AR

1997       Side Show Holland Tunnel Arts Projects, Brooklyn, NY

                Process and the Image – Ekletikos Gallery, Washington DC

1996       Collectables – Conductors Hallway Gallery, London

                Beast – Islington Arts Factory, London

1995       Artspace ’95 – Barn Galleries, Henley-on-Thames


 
 
 
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