Born in Rhyl, North Wales, I’ve been fortunate to do lots of travelling and through those travels, ended up in Australia for 26 years although recently returned home to be close to family and now live in Monmouthshire.
When growing up, I was always drawing and art was my best subject at school although I didn’t pursue it as a career but I did have a passion for it and would often be drawing and doodling and then years later started to paint again.
In Australia I had got into recruitment, working in the digital industry and often working long hours but I had started to get back into painting and doing commissions for friends. It was in 2014 and I thought why not go for it, so I called in at our local Balmain gallery, put three paintings into the Brave Art Exhibition and was bowled over when they sold!
I then started to exhibit in a few galleries and worked towards a solo exhibition; it was both nerve racking and thrilling! I had also put some work in for a competition and was awarded a finalist and featured in the International Artist Magazine for abstract and expressionism – that was a real art buzz for me!
Now back in Wales, I’ve decided to become a full-time artist. I love painting and actually dream about it, not sure if that’s normal or not!
With my art I try to create something that is emotive. I’m fascinated in exploring textures and discovering new techniques and describe my style somewhere between impressionism, expressionism and abstract. I love experimenting and work with all mediums on lots of different substrates, big and small. And from my Australia days and also being born on the North Wales coast, I have a thing about water and really inspired by its many patterns; waves, streams, canals, lily ponds, anything to do with water and reflections, from below the water to reflections above. You’ll notice on the site there are a number of paintings that have been inspired by water.
2019 brings some new ideas though and I’m about to begin a new series called Hills & Valleys which is quit appropriate for where we live in the Brecon Beacon National Park with a stunning view of the Black Mountains, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Blorange. So I’ll be adding new art to the site as I go and hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy creating.
Exhibitions for 2019:
Open Art Trail, Sally’s Art Studio, Station Road, Gilwern – 25th to 27th May
Art showing at the Court Cupboard Art & Craft Gallery
Giclee Fine Art prints at the Oriel Cric Gallery
Christimas in the Court Yard, St. Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny – 1st December
Chappel Cottage, Abergavenny
Chester Originals, Chester Town Hall – 27th & 28th October
Abergavenny Food Festival 15th & 16th September
Art in Penallt – 1st & 2nd September
Abergavenny Art Festival – 29th June to 1st July
Open Art Trail, Sally’s Art Studio, Gillwern 26th to 28th May
New Year Exhibition at Oriel CRiC Gallery, Crickhowell, Wales
Open Art Competition & Exhibition at Oriel CRiC Gallery, Crickhowell, Wales – June
Oriel CRiC Gallery, Wales – March
Finding Sunshine published in Focus Magazine and used as advertisement for the annual Walking Festival
Snowdrops & Cornflowers published in Focus Magazine
Oriel CRiC Gallery, Wales – December
Llanvihangel Court, Crickhowell Night Art & Craft, Gilwern Historic Christmas Fair – December
Solo Arty Party Exhibition, Sydney – June
Crickhowell Open Gallery, Wales – June
Balmain Art & Craft Show – November
Solo Exhibition, Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain – September
International Artist Magazine Abstract & Experimental Finalist for Waves Crashing – April/May
LOST in conjunction with Art Month, Flourish Art, Birchgrove – March
Ready Steady Go, Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain – January
Christmas Special, Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain – December
Balmain Art & Craft Show & published in promotional material – November
Rozelle Art Fair Auction for Charity – October
LOST in conjunction with Art Month, Flourish Art – March
Brave Art, Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain – February