I was born in the Isle of Man and graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a BA Honours degree in Ceramics and Printmaking. Previous to that I attended the Isle of Man College completing an advanced GNVQ in Art and Design, A Levels textiles, Ceramics, Art and Design and studied for one year on the Art and Design Foundation course.
When I moved back to the Isle of Man I could not afford to set myself up a ceramic studio, and the need to be creative was still very powerful. This was when I discovered the wonderful world of oils. Using vivid colours and confident brush strokes I integrate landscape and abstraction with the idea of freedom and improvisation. This gives me the ability to enjoy working at will under no compulsion or restraint. I paint with movement and feeling, playing with the medium, building up in stages and layers.
Contradictory to this I have also started doing the odd commission for private companies on the island, which has proved to be challenging but very exciting to say the least.
I was also ‘Artist in residence’ at the Courtyard Gallery, from August 2005 to September 2006. It was a wonderful experience and I met a load of great artists and friends.