My painting practice is currently focussed on plants in interstitial spaces.Due to the nature and locations of these opportunist plants, I often return to a site where I’ve made notes or sketched and find that the plant has been cut or poisoned. I’ve been considering how to respond to this in my paintings. ‘Groundsel, March’… Continue reading Seeking the finished unfinished
Join me on Saturday 11th May for a 2.5 hour drawing an mark making workshop. I’ll be bringing a sense of the garden into the studio and up to eye level with a collection of plant forms to inform and inspire. We’ll explore line, texture and tone using a range of dry and wet media including… Continue reading Plant to Page – drawing & mark making workshops
I’m currently working on a project that celebrates the music of my home town. Mappa Music is a big, hand drawn, alternative map of Wakefield, where all the street names are replaced to celebrate bands & musicians, past and present, from the Wakefield District.#MappaMusic is part of the Long Division #OntoTheStreets commission programme. The map… Continue reading #OntoTheStreets – Mappa Music
Redbox Gallery is a decommissioned K6 telephone box that has been renovated by Horbury Civic Society. Redbox Gallery hosts a programme of contemporary art exhibitions curated by Graham Roberts. In February 2019 I was commissioned to create a piece for Redbox Gallery. I joined Horbury Walkers on one of their walks from The Cluntergate Centre,… Continue reading Horbury Herbarium
I’m interested in the adaptable and tenacious plants that are often overlooked & unwanted. I’m currently reading ‘Weeds, How Vagabond Plants Gatecrashed Civilisation and Changed the Way We Think About Nature’ by Richard Mabey. On the walk to the studio I made this kerbside sketch of Groundsel. I’m thinking about how my field work relates… Continue reading Inside outside
This afternoon I was meant to be working on some small paintings, however, I realised that my thoughts were toying with something on quite a different scale. Sometimes you’ve just got to make a physical start on something even if you’re not sure how to do it or how it’ll turn out.
I’m fascinated by the micro habitat that has formed over this iron drain cover. There’s lots going on here that I want to explore.The formal contrast of the organic plant forms against the manufactured metal grate; the unplanned wild finding home within the planned urban infrastructure. I’ve been sketching what are commonly termed as ‘weeds’ on… Continue reading Kerbsides