My art aims to evoke the sense of wonderment that experiencing nature can bring and to share explorations of untamed spaces.
The drama of tumbling hills and sweeping skies on my daily walks around the Calder Valley and surrounding moorland bring a constant source of inspiration. In spring, curlews, skylarks, lapwings, golden plovers, twites and snipe enliven the tops with their mysterious calling whilst below, dippers, herons and kingfishers animate the Calder and its tributaries.
I enjoy working with organic materials such as charcoal, wood and paper and make woodcut prints, large scale charcoal drawings and wildlife dioramas in found wooden boxes, .
Living in Hebden Bridge, at the heart of the South Pennines, the town has inevitably made its presence felt in my work.
I create original prints of the unique terraces, mills and industrial buildings that make the townscape so visually striking.
I am happy that my work is collected by locals, visitors, ex residents and people living on the other side of the world. I believe its important to connect with people in different places and cultures and I like to think that my work enables people to take home an evocation of our special landscape without causing any harm to this environment.