Furtive inkings

On Monday evening (4th January) the PM announced a new national lockdown, coming into effect on Tuesday 5th January, with instruction to work from home where possible. My studio is at The Art House in Wakefield; we were notified immediately after the PM’s announcement that the studios would have to temporarily close. In my current… Continue reading Furtive inkings

Groundsel, Cathedral Grounds, Grounded

I started this painting early in 2020 to exhibit at Wakefield Cathedral later that year. When the PM announced the first coronavirus lockdown in the UK on 23rd March 2020 The Art House had to close its doors and I had to leave it in the studio. During lockdown my makeshift home studio was a… Continue reading Groundsel, Cathedral Grounds, Grounded

Workshop Saturday 11th May

On Saturday 11th May I’m running a drawing and mark making workshop in Wakefield. Tickets for the afternoon workshop have sold out but there are a few places available on the 9.30 – 12 noon workshop. Further details and tickets are available here

Seeking the finished unfinished

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

#OntoTheStreets – Mappa Music

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

Horbury Herbarium

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

Inside outside

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