My urban landscapes document the dramatic and swift changes that take place when industry declines along with the workforce and communities that supported it. I am interested in buildings that have become empty and neglected but show signs of their previous history and human involvement. I attempt to create a building portrait, that although devoid of people, somehow evokes a human presence.
I like to explore and seek out areas of interest: these may be industrial sites or just interesting buildings with character. I am always on the lookout for subject matter so always have camera or sketchbook to record. I then seek to develop my technique (in the studio) through continual study and processing a variety of imagery.
Drawing is a very important part of my practice and I will often produce finished as well as preparatory drawings which may then develop further into paintings. Materials I favour are graphite, pastel, acrylic or occasionally mixed media. I would like to develop more work in oil too.
Much of the work is in series but also works individually. I am fascinated by architectural features - worn, broken, faded and crumbling; as well as old signage and the different uses that buildings are subjected to.
BA (Hons) in Fine Art, North Staffordshire Polytechnic.
1983 Established Graphic Design and Publishing business
2000 PGCE post-16
2000 Lecturer in life drawing and painting at Newcastle College (Staffs)
2005 Established series of tutored art classes - private tuition
2009 Elected member of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) Elected 2009