I spend time in the natural environment, sketching, writing and collecting then develop work in my studio. The ‘Traverse’ sketches, paintings, drawings and prints are a response to actual places and also to internal imagined spaces, which I often find and move into when in nature, so reflecting a ‘crossing over’. Not only do the larger elements of the landscape inspire and captivate me, such as clouds overhead and sweeping shadows, but also the smaller elements such as a grass swaying in a gentle breeze, a feather falling, tiny seed heads. My work is in a variety of scales and can be semi abstract work in oils, detailed drawings in pencil or charcoal and dry point prints.
Workshops and Tutoring
I have worked extensively in Arts education and am an experienced qualified Teacher of Art & Design at KS 3,4 and 5 and have delivered workshops at University level. I value working with others sharing skills, ideas and learning. I am an experienced facilitator and have worked on many community projects enabling adults and children to explore and develop their creativity. I devise and deliver bespoke one-to-one art tutoring and group art workshops. I teach drawing (using a range of medium), painting in acrylic and watercolour, mixed media, collage, printmaking and Art History.
Participatory/Social Engagement Practice
As an established creative practitioner with significant experience, I have devised and delivered a wide range of participatory creative projects and workshops, for and with, a variety of groups and organisations. In doing so I have worked as a solo artist and also collaboratively with other colleagues, some of whom have been fellow artists and creatives and others with different skills and backgrounds such as education, psychology, business and health. I have a special interest in the art of ‘place’ and participative art that enables people to use creativity to explore, understand and share thoughts, ideas and experiences.