This website is a selected collection of artwork from the last few years. I have chosen to focus on this particular body of work as it is reflective of my current practice.
I am currently working with oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastels, charcoal, graphite and metalpoint.
In the past I have worked with and explored a variety of traditional and digital media (including web design, moving image and music / sound), in both fine art and graphic design contexts.
I live and work in North Devon, UK.
My other interests include gardening and permaculture; visual astronomy; rural folk magic; buddhism; electronic music, and learning to ride horses.
The Sea Paintings
North Devon, 09.2018
My drawings and paintings of the sea and water are produced through a combination of observation and improvisation. I observe the fractal, chaotic structures and wave patterns of a consistently changing substance, and the effects of energy, scale, light and shadow. I improvise through the painting and drawing processes and make formal visual decisions throughout the duration of the making of the image, referencing the figurative and the abstract, allowing the image to either document or deconstruct perspectives and representations.
The sea can be passive, invigorating, intrusive; it can rest on the surface or rage against the rocks. The shore can be a place to escape to, to dream and find moments of peace. It can offer great vistas or tiny secretive details of elemental activity. The sea can divide or connect people and places.
Symbolically the shore and sea environments can be poetic, metaphorical, political, historical, emotional; full and void, timeless yet completely unique moment to moment.
I develop the images through a combination of processes – by spending time walking and watching on the shore, or from boats; absorbing atmosphere and effects of light and pattern, collecting memories; by sketching and photographing; and by working in the studio. I use a variety of materials (acrylics, pastels, oils, charcoal, pencil, various surfaces). Each medium has its own qualities, possibilities and limitations. I use various techniques and tools and also combine these, allowing control and chance to shape the outcomes. Each image is new and initially unknown – I have ideas and objectives, but each work develops a life of its own and this will inform the finished piece. I often work rapidly overall, and can become absorbed in details.
2011, MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice, University College Falmouth, Cornwall.
2003, HNC Multimedia & Graphic Design, Strode College, Street, Somerset.
1991, BA Graphic Design, Faculty of Art & Design, Bristol Polytechnic, Somerset.
1988 – 2018
Assorted Group and Solo exhibitions in Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and London.
Please see the full exhibition listings for details and links.
Awards, Prizes + Shorlists
Longlist: Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2018
Longlist: Royal Society of Marine Artists Open 2015
Shortlist: The Plough Open Drawing Competition 2014
Longlist: Royal Society of Marine Artists Open 2014
Longlist: The Threadneedle Prize 2014
Shortlist: Evolver Prize 2014
3rd Prize: Plough Drawing Competition 2013
Shortlist: Door Prize For Painting 2012
Works held in Private Collections in UK, Europe, Canada & USA.
Dec 2020 – Jan 2021: A Solo Show Xmas Exhibition at The Castle, The Wharf, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8LG
May – June: The Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society Summer Exhibition, The Burton Gallery, Bideford, Devon
22 June – 11 July: BETWEEN FORM AND PHENOMENA: A Solo Show at The Castle, The Wharf, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8LG
27 March – 25 June: ‘COAST’ (Art For Life), Musgrove Gallery, Musgrove Park Hospital, Parkfield Drive, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5DA (Group Show)
17 Nov – 23 Dec: Friends of The Burton Annual Christmas Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery, Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ
Sept 2018: Westward Ho! & Bideford Arts Society Summer Exhibition, Burton Museum and Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon
20 July – 7 Sept 2018: COAST (Group Exhibition), White Moose Gallery, Moose Hall, Trinity Street, Barnstaple EX32 8HX
08 Jan – 17 Feb 2018: WAVE / PARTICLE (Solo exhibition), The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ
27 May – 1 July 2017: Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society Summer Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon
2 – 24 October 2015: The Plough Arts Centre Open Drawing Competition 2015, Great Torrington, North Devon
24 June – 1 Aug 2015: Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society Summer Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon
Longlisted: The Royal Society of Marine Artists Open 2014, Mall Galleries, London
Longlisted: The Threadneedle Prize 2014, Mall Galleries, London
3 – 25 October: The Plough Open Drawing Competition, Plough Arts Centre, 9 – 11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ
12, 19 + 26 July: Art Trek Pop-Up Gallery
3 July – 31 Aug: North Devon Arts Summer Show, The Stables, Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford, Barnstaple EX31 4EX
6 July – 9 Aug: Evolver Prize 2014, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset BA16 0YD
14 June – 13 July: The Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society 92nd Annual Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford, Devon.
29 April – 01 June: Solo Show, The Cafe, Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon
18.01.2014 – 01.03.2014: Twelfth North Devon Open Art Show 2014
Oct 4-15: The Plough Open Drawing Competition 2013 (3rd Prize Winner), Plough Arts Centre, torrington, Devon
‘A Portrait Of Bideford’, DCAC Gallery, Manteo, North Carolina, US.
Art Trek Open Studios, North Devon, July 2013
Bideford Bay Creatives’ Culture Show, Bideford Library, Devon.
Limbo, Truro, Cornwall. (group show, 03-04.2013)
Bucca Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall (group show)
Launch Collective, The Crypt Gallery, Norway Square, St. Ives, Cornwall. TR26 1NA (group show)
‘In The Dark Times’, CMR Gallery, Redruth, Cornwall
‘4 weeks 33 hours Finale’, CMR, Redruth, Cornwall
LETH Office, Newlyn, Cornwall
‘New Visions: contemporary painting in uncertain worlds’, CMR, Redruth, Cornwall
TR-FIFTEEN, Group show, CMR, Redruth, Cornwall
if not now when, CMR, Royal Circus Buildings, Back Lane West, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 2BT
The Door Prize for Painting, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
The Cafe, Truro Arts / Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR12SJ
‘Arts And Crafts For Winter’ mixed show, Mounts Bay Contemporary, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HL
PZ Gallery Winter Show, 7 Coinagehall Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4AY.
‘New This Week Collection’, Saatchi Online
St. Ives Society of Artists Christmas Open, Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1NA
Paintings at The Courtyard Deli, 2 Bells Court, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3AZ
Christmas Market, The Fish Factory Art Space, Falmouth, Cornwall
NOSTALGIA, Camden Collective Gallery, 37 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE
CAZ SE3-DA 2011 Video Screenings, CAZ project space, The Basement, The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, Cornwall
MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice Show, Lamorva House, Woodlane Campus, University College Falmouth, Cornwall
INFINITY LANDSCAPES: CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW, The Poly, 24 Church St., Falmouth, TR11 3EG
‘Carry On Up The Passage’, Group Interim exhibition, Photography dept., UCF, Falmouth, Cornwall
Art Fair, W.I.Hall, Webber St., Falmouth, Cornwall – 10am-6pm
Culture Show (Bideford Bay Creatives), Orchard Hill Hotel, Bideford, North Devon
Appledore Gallery, 31 Bude Street, Appledore,Bideford EX39 1PS
Square Picture Show, The Stables, Broomhill Art Hotel & Sculpture Gardens, N. Devon
BBC Exhibition, Workshops & Art Raffle, Potwalloping Festival, Westward Ho!, North Devon
Arts In The Market, Great Torrington Pannier Market
Window display, Glover Stanbury & Co., Bideford, Devon
UPSTREAM, Southcombe Farm, Shebbear, N. Devon EX21 5RF
NEW YEAR NEW WORK, Broomhill Art Hotel & Sculpture Gardens, N.Devon
Artrageous!, Lacey’s, Cafecino’s & Froot Loop, Bideford
Christmas Exhibition, Southcombe Farm, Shebbear, N. Devon EX21 5RF
Culture Show, Energy Bar & Lacey’s, Bideford
Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society Summer Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford
ART TREK, North Devon
SQUARE PICTURE SHOW, The Stables, Broomhill Art Hotel & Sculpture Gardens, N. Devon
New Year New Work, Broomhill Art Hotel & Sculpture Gardens, N. Devon
Christmas Exhibition 2008, Southcombe Farm, Shebbear, N. Devon EX21 5RF
Square Picture Show, Broomhill Art Hotel & Sculpture Gardens, Muddiford, Barnstaple, N. Devon
‘Appledore Visual Arts Festival’ Show, Market Street, Appledore, N. Devon
Spring Exhibition 2008, The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, N.Devon
‘Discovery Day’ Exhibition, Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly, N. Devon
New Year New Work 2008, Broomhill Art Hotel & Sculpture Gardens, Muddiford, Barnstaple, N. Devon
6th North Devon Open Art Show, The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon, N. Devon
Christmas Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford, N. Devon
NDA Group Show, Trelawney Garden Centre, Ashford, N. Devon
Summer Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford, N. Devon
Goddess Conference Exhibition, Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury, Somerset
HNC Multimedia & Graphic Design ‘End Of Year Show’, Strode College, Church St., Somerset
Shapeshift (SOLO), Spiral Cafe, High St., Glastonbury, Somerset
Souled Out (Gallery), St. John’s Walk, Glastonbury, Somerset
Isle Of Glass Artists’ Collective Summer Exhibition, St. George’s Room, Glastonbury, Somerset
Group Show, Café Galatea, High St., Glastonbury, Somerset
Isle Of Glass Artists’ Collective Summer Exhibition, Georges Room, Glastonbury, Somerset
Group show, Glastonbury Library, Glastonbury, Somerset
Isle Of Glass Artists’ Collective Winter Solstice Exhibition, Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury, Somerset
‘Art On The Levels’, Exhibition, Peat Moors Visitor Centre, Westhay, Glastonbury, Somerset
‘A Western View’, Mountshannon, S. Ireland
‘Together Apart’, Mountbatten Gallery, Portsmouth, Hants
The Association Of Illustrators Gallery, London (BA Group show)
BA Graphic Design ‘End Of Year’ Show, Faculty of Art & Design, Bower Ashton, Bristol Polytechnic
12 Photographs, Royal Photographic Society, Bath, Somerset