I am fascinated with texture and colour, its everywhere and I see it in everything, an essential element in my life and therefore in my work.
I love the sea, the way the shore blends into the sea and the sea blends into the sky. How it changes from season to season and throughout the day, even from one minute to the next. I love the detail of the coast, looking into rockpools and using seaweed in the clay means I can smell the sea as I work at my studio/gallery in Richmond North Yorkshire.
The area I live in is important to me, the landscape, the ancient history, the moorland, the river, woodland, old buildings and Abbeys. Yorkshire is a very beautiful and diverse county. Trips to Cornwall and Northumberland have also fed my inspiration, as has the Moorish influence on Southern Spain, which stayed with me after I visited Seville and Granada a number of years ago.
Whether working in clay or with paint, I basically apply the same principal of building up layers and textures to create surface interest.
I have been working in traditional and digital photography for over 20 years and alongside my work as an artist I bring a unique eye to the lens.
I work with both digital and darkroom photography, believing that both mediums can work alongside and even compliment each other. Polaroid photography is also a passion. Like Art, these pieces are unique- having no negative or repeatable quality.