I am interested in perception and the structure of reality, often depicting the home as a metaphor for both human experience and the mind itself. My work oscillates between internal and external worlds, or sits on the threshold between the two. Home can feel like a refuge or a prison, whether it is made of bricks or brain cells. I contemplate the feedback loop of thoughts into behaviour, of behaviour into culture, and of culture back into the mind as thought.
I am interested in the dynamic and balance between opposites: order and chaos, love and fear, violence and stillness. Like paint on a canvas, all things are ultimately made of the same stuff, arranged temporarily, creating experience. I make paintings in an attempt to make sense of these concepts in visual terms.
In my current paintings, I aim to create scenes that invoke a slight unease and uncertainty in the viewer. I use warmer colours however, to suggest hope and a subtle optimism. The paintings begin with scale models, which I then photograph and use as a reference.
2005 BA Contemporary Photographic Practice, Northumbria University: 1st Class Honours
2002 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, South Tyneside College: Merit
2018 Dotty, Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne
2018 A Study of Imaginary Chasms, Gosforth Civic Theatre (21st April - 30th June)
2017 Exchanging Views, Ouseburn Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne
2017 Footprints, Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne
2016 10 x 8, Stills, Edinburgh
2016 Northern Print @ St Dominic’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne
2016 Engaging with Print, Gallery 45, Felton
2015 20:20 Print Exchange, Hot Bed Press, Salford
2012 Play Time, Ouse Street Arts Club, Newcastle upon Tyne
2011 Still Light, Foundry Lane Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 My City, City Space, University of Sunderland
2010 Inspire, Arthur Robinson House, Billingham
2009 Urban Landscapes, The Artworks Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
2007 Outside In, Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne
2006 Navigating the Space this side of paradise, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne
2006 New Works, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne
2005 Helios 3, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne
2005 A Thousand Words, Northumbria University Degree Show