Referred to as an academic artist by some and a literary artist by others, I have a BA (Hons) Painting, an MA in Art and Design, a research and practice based M.Phil in Fine Art and a Lorado Taft Fellowship from Purdue University in the U.S.A. On the strength of a 2017 solo exhibition at The Portico Library in Manchester, I was able to spend some time in the Forensic Archaeology Department in the University of Central Lancashire in Preston where I observed the forensic processes which inform my work. I have an ongoing interest in the grave tributes, particularly those left on Sylvia Plath’s grave in Heptonstall. I keep a visual diary, make paintings, treble exposure digital photographs and time lapse videos based informed by these.
I have exhibited work in group exhibitions in Malta and Edinburgh supported by The Richard De Marco Foundation, in Chicago with the support of the John David Mooney Art Foundation and in London and Bath. Closer to home, I have participated in group shows in Manchester (Bankley Studios and Gallery, Paper and PS Mirabel, in Salford with Suite Studios, PR1 Gallery in Preston and in Bolton with Neo Art Gallery. I have had solo exhibitions in Stockport Art Gallery, Bankley Art Gallery and more recently, The Portico Library in Manchester and Linden Mill Gallery in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
I am passionate about drawing and have curated a number of group exhibitions. Teaching art in 5 prisons and curating exhibitions with ex offenders in the community contributes to my belief that art and writing contribute greatly to our society’s well being, now more than ever.