What inspires me….

Brick kilns, Great Linford

Most days I go for a walk in Milton Keynes, I live fairly centrally and walk in the parks, nature reserves, housing estates along the Redways; beside the canal, in all weathers and all times of day.
As I walk I often take very quick snapshots of where I am with my camera or phone. Not posed or framed just quick snaps, like a moment or fleeting glimpse.
I use these fleeting snaps in time to make my prints, many of my pieces are trees, these form the backbone and structure to MK with the paths and roads forming the arteries.

Heron on the canal towpath

 

Milton Keynes for me is unique in that you may feel sometimes that you are in a wild place, just you and the landscape but you will always have a path or paved shape within your field of vision, the very urban within the seemingly wild.

Canal underpass Monks Way, Milton Keynes

CARDS

I have various greeting cards for purchase. they are all individually hand printed on Fabriano 250 gsm paper, include an envelope and come in cellophane sleeves.
this page currently being updated please come back soon for more images.

Cards cost £2.50 each plus p & p.

 

Getting ready for exhibitions coming up soon…..

I’ve had a very busy time in my studio in the last few weeks. I have two exhibitions coming up soon and another one later in the year. So getting lots of pieces of work finished and ready to frame and also printing up plenty of cards which are always popular.

Here are some action shots of artist at work….

Orchid ready to go
Orchid ready to go
Rolling up
Rolling up
Creative chaos
Creative chaos
Canal Milton Keynes
Canal Milton Keynes
Bridge prints
Bridge prints
Not quite finished
Not quite finished

Biog.

I have always really loved drawing, painting and making things but I was unable to go to University at the age when most people go, and at that time getting a degree was not something I ever thought I would be able to do. I worked in Petro-chemical engineering as a draughtsman on leaving school, so spent my days drawing anyway.

However, I was lucky to be able to resume my education in my 30’s, initially thinking I would just do a foundation course and see how it turned out. By this time I had two small children who I would sometimes take with me into college. I found I really enjoyed being back studying, much more than I ever had when I was at school so went on to take a BA Hons in visual arts, gaining a first class degree, and then a Masters degree (in printmaking).
I have worked in MK as a community artist, adult education tutor and workshop leader, and then, most recently as Director of MK Arts for Health the arts charity based in Milton Keynes Hospital.
There are a lot of projects in the hospital which I made working with local community groups and children, including two of the courtyard gardens and landmark artworks around the hospital corridors and in the children’s wards.
I loved working at the hospital, helping to make it a nicer place to be, but I left MK Arts for Health several years ago so I would have more time to produce my own artwork.
My main interest and inspiration in my art has always been the natural world and living forms. I am especially interested in trees and plants. I usually work in printmaking, ranging from etching to relief on woodblock and Lino.
Recently I have focussed on landscape, and I am now working on prints relating to  Milton Keynes.

Various images from a recent exhibition