My art aims to evoke the sense of wonderment that experiencing nature can bring and to share explorations of untamed spaces.
Making time for daily walks around the Calder Valley and surrounding moorland, I find the dramatic hills and changing skies a constant source of inspiration with curlews, skylarks, golden plovers, twites and lapwings visiting each spring on the moors and dippers, herons and kingfishers living on the river Calder. I enjoy working with organic materials such as charcoal, paper and wood and create wildlife dioramas in found wooden boxes, woodcut prints and large scale charcoal drawings.
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 townscapes so visually striking.
I am happy that my work is collected by locals, visitors, expatriates and people living on the other side of the world. Making connections with people in different places and cultures is an aspect of my work that brings great satisfaction and interest.