My work is mainly landscape based and represents the beneficial powers of walking, of being in nature, and of focusing on the smaller details in the landscape which can often go unnoticed. Although the scenery can often be picturesque, I also try to depict what is broken, changing or appears disturbed in the natural environment. This can include broken trees and exposed roots caused by extreme weather, or the way in which manmade structures interact with nature over time. I look for unusual and dramatic lines, shapes and compositions in the landscape which can be viewed, interpreted and imagined in alternative ways. I work in a variety of media including pencil, oil paint, wax and photography and select the medium in response to the subject matter. I enjoy using multiple different media and techniques to explore the same theme.
I have exhibited my artwork in Yorkshire and in London. I am a professionally trained artist with a BA Honours in Fine Art and Museum and Gallery Studies and an MA in Fine Art Conservation, specialising in Easel Painting Conservation. Academic research in this area, also provided me with a great source of inspiration for my artwork.
Researching the historical use and conservation of beeswax as a painting medium, led me to begin using encaustic wax and cold wax medium techniques in my own artwork. I enjoy using beeswax as a sustainable, natural material and I enjoy the unpredictability and versatility of the of medium. Through this exploration, I have taught myself to sculpt, using a mixture of waxes to produce figurative relief sculpture.