I grew up among the ironworks and steel mills of the Black Country, and began sculpting in metal in my early teens. Later exchanging the steam from the coal mines for the heat of southern Spain, where I lived for over 20 years, I developed a love of olive wood, and have been joining wood and metal ever since. The trinity of my materials is completed by clay, in the shape of Raku, which with its metallic glazes and my home-built kilns of all shapes and sizes brings me full circle to the foundries of my youth.
Since returning to the English countryside I have been applying my Raku and metal to yew, elm and oak, ever intrigued by the relationship between the man-made and the given-by-nature, sometimes juxtaposing and sometimes uniting the two.
My paintings are mixed media on canvas, mostly acrylic and wood. I enjoy the technical challenge of working with wood on canvas, as well as once again the contrast between the mannered artistry of painting and the roughness of the wood. For the past three years I have been concentrating on sculpture, perhaps missing the painter-friendly southern light, but intend to make a return to painting in the summer of 2018.
2017 Art & Architecture Trail, Melbourne Festival, UK
2016 Group Exhibition, St. John Street Gallery, Ashbourne, UK
2015 Group Exhibition, Regent Gallery, Stourbridge, UK
2014 The Museum Belongs To All, Kunsthaus Berlin, Marbella, Spain
2014 Passion in Art Exhibition, NADFAS, Benahavis, Spain
2013 Kinsale Arts Festival, Susan Harris Gallery, Kinsale, Ireland
2013 Finalist, VI Ramon Portillo Art Contest, Motril, Spain
2013 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Nestor Plada, Estepona, Spain
Works held in private collections in Spain, Ireland, Germany, France and the UK.