“Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

I’m based in Yorkshire (UK) and make paintings, installations, artist’s books, site specific and socially engaged work. 

The work has always been driven by an interest in the environment and for many years explored through abstracted painted images (eg Blue Series). After reading about the Aral Sea disaster, I went to Kazakhstan to draw and paint the story of the people and place deeply affected by Sea shrinking due to irrigation for cotton. In just a generation the then 4th largest fresh water lake had shrunk by half and become saline. 

The Aral Sea disaster is impossible to reverse as the redirected rivers support millions of people. However, this experience deeply impacted me as I noted the speed and scale was  an issue of time. That took me down a path of investigating ‘Time’ and how it contributes to situations such as the Aral Sea. Exploring time from a practical, philosophical and personal level and creating artworks that were vehicles to experience different time rhythms.

Concern for the environment was a growing weight and led me to move to creating artist’s books seeing them as lighter on the environment than the larger oils on canvas that I’d been making. I also began to make performative pieces. 

Art residencies have always been important in my work, enabling me to interact with others and make ‘socially engaged’ work. My passion for change and finding ways to create change led me to train as a life coach – through which I discovered a love of questions!

Some years later I also connected with Permaculture and after doing a PDC (Permaculture Design Course), a Diploma in Applied Permaculture, I am now a tutor for the UK Diploma course and support others exploring design with a permaculture approach. 

For me, Permaculture draws together creativity and design with environmental concern being at its heart. I uses it consistently in my creative work. 

Exhibitions

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Solo Exhibitions

2020

Kazakh Paintings – Left Bank Leeds

2016

Arbour – Goodwin Parade, Thornton, Hull
Exhibition of Artists Books and Spaces inbetween Presentation – The Leeds Library, Leeds

2020

Kazakh Paintings – Left Bank Leeds

2016

Arbour – Goodwin Parade, Thornton, Hull
Exhibition of Artists Books and Spaces Inbetween (Performance) – The Leeds Library, Leeds

2015

Featured Artist – Gallery202 Online

2014

A fragile landscape – Cianciana, Sicily
From Leeds to Cianciana –
Osmondthorpe Allotments, Leeds

2012

Now you see it, now you don’t – Cafe 164, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds
Remember – Scargill House, Kettlewell, Skipton

2011

To the Sea and back again – ESA, Patrick Studios, St. Mary’s Lane, Leeds, LS9 7EH

2008

Brethericks Winter Exhibition – Brethericks Gallery, Leeds

2006

Flower Icon – Brethericks Gallery, Leeds

2005

Frontiers of the Sea – Brethericks Gallery, Leeds
Ships in the desert – School Gallery, Huby, Leeds
Shifting Shores – The Crypt Cafe Gallery, Islington, London

2004

Shifting Shores – Intermission, Knightsbridge, London

2003

Being Human on Planet Earth – The English Centre, Shimkent, Kazakhstan
Inside Out – Intermission, Knightsbridge, London

2000

Frontiers of the Sea – Clic Cafe Gallery, LICC, London
Flowers & Painting – Brethericks Gallery, Leeds

1999

Drawn Upwards – The Courtyard Cafe Gallery, Notting Hill, London

Group Exhibitions

2019

ABC (Artists Book Collective) – Sheffield Artists Book Fair, Castle House, Sheffield
BABE –
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
PAGES New Voices Collection –
ROAR, Rotherham, Doncaster Art Gallery and Museum and The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
Artists’ Bookmarket –
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
20th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair –
The Tetley, Leeds

2018

20th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair – The Tetley, Leeds

2017

Future Legacies: Collections, collecting and artists books – Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds University, Leeds
Code 5: A time to change –
Thornton, Hull

2016 

Code 5: A moment to pause – Thornton, Hull
Accrocharge –
Gallery 202 and Albus3, Northampton
19th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair –
The Tetley, Leeds

2015

The Other Art Fair – Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
Saltaire Open Arts Trail – Saltaire, Bradford
The Other Art Fair –
Victoria House, Holborn, London
Stations of the Cross – St. Edmunds Church, Leeds
18th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair –
The Tetley, Leeds

2014

Dortmunder Gruppe – BIG Gallery, Dortmund, Germany
So Far So Awesome –
Fountains Abbey, Ripon, Yorkshire
Passareddu –
Cianciana, Sicily
17th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair – The Tetley, Leeds
Under the Bed exhibition – Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2012

Paisajes de Fondo – Poca Gallery, Calle de Abatxolo N°5-Izquierda (Lonja), Portugalete 48920, Bizkaia
In-tension (live screening) – the collective – Durban, South Africa
In-tension (live screening) – Gallerie 143, Dortmund, Germany
Homa – Horsforth Modern Art Gallery, Leeds
Rapture Galley – 2 Westmoreland Street, Harrogate
Ghost in the Machine – Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, Leeds

2011

Papercraft – Cafe 164, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds
NYOS – 
(North Yorkshire Open Studios), Henshaws, Knaresborough
Home from Home – Leeds Internation Book Fair, Leeds (Curated by Louise Atkinson)
Bar Lane Studios Cafe – 1 Bar Lane, York, YO1 6JU

2010

Behold – St. John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough, HG5 9AR

2009

Advent – Left Bank, Headingley, Leeds

2008

Plein Air – Astana, Kazakhstan
Hope – CART Exhibition, Bradford Cathedral, Bradford

2007

Climate Change – Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford
Immanent – CART Exhibition, Bradford Cathedral, Bradford

2006

Wallacespace – 2 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA

2005

Greenbelt Arts Festival – Cheltenham Race Course
Open Exhibition – The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate

2004

Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, London
Passion – Fitzrovia St. Charles Borromeo, Fitzrovia London
London Layers – Sheridan Russel Gallery, London

2003

Open Studios – The Chocolate Factory, London
St. Gemma’s Hospice Third Annual Art Exhibition – Leeds
The Wrong Exhibition – The Custard Factory, Birmingham
Art for Arts Sake – Hampstead Town Hall, London

2002

Art @ BRB The Gate – Wood Green, London
Unconstrained – The Ladder, Haringey, London
Open Studios – The Chocolate factory, Wood Green, London
Art for Arts Sake – Hampstead Town Hall, London

2001

Open Studios – The Chocolate factory, Wood Green, London
Greenbelt Arts Festival – Cheltenham Race Course, Cheltenham
The Cross – Bradford Cathedral, Bradford
Healing – The Gallery, Stoke Newington & Deptford

2000

Open Studios – The Chocolate factory, Wood Green, London
Alps2000 – Charity Auction, London
CA2000 – Troon, Holland
City Profit – NewYork, USA and Notting Hill Arts Club, London

1999

Open Studios – The Chocolate factory, Wood Green, London
Sublime – Waterloo International Station, London
Non-fiction – Epicentre, Barcoast, Battersea, London

1998

Haringey 5th Open Exhibition – Wood Green Library, London
United Society of Artists – Westminster Central Hall, London
Faces & Places – Art Co. Meanwood Road, Leeds
Interbang – Gallery Fore, Edmonton, London and Gallery Five, Southgate, London

Art Residencies

2019

Dear FB… a corresponding room – Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds

2016 – 2017

Code 5 Residency  – Thornton, Hull

2015

Incomplete and Contradictory – Peterborough

2015 – 2016

The Spaces In-between – Performance/Presentation of Artists Books

2014

Jerome F. Cox Sculpture Fellowship – Cianciana, Sicily

2008

Plein Air – Astana, Kazakhstan

2003

Being Human on Planet Earth – The English Centre, Shimkent, Kazakhstan
Inside Out – Intermission, Knightsbridge, London

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