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.

Education

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.


Exhibitions

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


Collections

Works held in Private Collections in UK, Europe, Canada & USA.

2020

Dec 2020 – Jan 2021: A Solo Show Xmas Exhibition at The Castle, The Wharf, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8LG


2019

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)


2018

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


2017

27 May – 1 July 2017: Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society Summer Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon


2015

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


2014

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


2013

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)


2012

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.


2011

‘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

‘Art Of The Day’, Saatchi Online, Facebook

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


2010

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


2009

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


2008

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


2007

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


2003

Goddess Conference Exhibition, Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury, Somerset

HNC Multimedia & Graphic Design ‘End Of Year Show’, Strode College, Church St., Somerset


2001

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


2000

Group Show, Café Galatea, High St., Glastonbury, Somerset

Isle Of Glass Artists’ Collective Summer Exhibition, Georges Room, Glastonbury, Somerset


1999

Group show, Glastonbury Library, Glastonbury, Somerset

Isle Of Glass Artists’ Collective Winter Solstice Exhibition, Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury, Somerset


1997

‘Art On The Levels’, Exhibition, Peat Moors Visitor Centre, Westhay, Glastonbury, Somerset


1992

‘A Western View’, Mountshannon, S. Ireland


1991

‘Together Apart’, Mountbatten Gallery, Portsmouth, Hants


1989

The Association Of Illustrators Gallery, London (BA Group show)

BA Graphic Design ‘End Of Year’ Show, Faculty of Art & Design, Bower Ashton, Bristol Polytechnic


1988

12 Photographs, Royal Photographic Society, Bath, Somerset