I worked as an art teacher from 1975 until I left in 2002 to concentrate on developing my own work.
I have not lost my links with education and community work. I give private painting lessons, run a local evening class and have worked in our three local prisons with both prisoners and their families. Throughout my career I have also illustrated books and magazines, including material for community education projects and sex education material.
The main focus for my work has been reflections on our interactions with natural forms and landscapes. The work itself is often abstract and textural; a natural link between the printmaking (etching & collagraphs) and painting.
The work often follows a theme. “Conversations with Myself”, a title I borrowed from the jazz pianist Bill Evans, in which each piece reflects
the conversation’s journey. The “Elements group” was inspired by the remnants of the ‘The People’s Palace’, East Berlin, during its demolition, and the "Modern Times" group was taken from the tracks on a Bob Dylan album. Much of my work reflects a growing fondness for the abstract painters of the fifties. However some pieces still retain references to the ancient structures left to us in the landscape.
Recent exhibitions include:
2003 Penstone open studio solo
2005 Nine Days of Art, St Lawrence Chapel solo
2006 Well Being Centre, Exeter solo
2007 Devon Art Works St Lawrence Chapel group
2007-2009 Gallery 86 group
2009 Yeoford Open group
2009 Well Being Centre, Exeter solo
2010 Copplestone open studio solo
2010 Divercity galley group
2010 Well Being Centre, Exeter solo
2011 DAN at Rosemore group
2011 DAN open studio group 2011 Hatherliegh Arts Festival group
2012 Dan at RD&E Exeter group 2012 Torrington Drawing Competition group 2012 Devon Open studio group 2012 Steel Yard Arts group 2013 Torrington Drawing Competition group 2113 Shoebrooke printers group 2013 Devon Open Studio solo 2014 Exeter Open Studio group 2014 Landsedge Arts group 2014 Moor View Arts group 2014 New Forest Open group 2014 South west Accadamy Open group 2014 Mottisfont Open group 2014 Torrington Drawing Competition group
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