I am a Brighton-based landscape painter and illustrator, with work that spans the abstract spectrum. My pictures are heavily influenced by poetry and prose, and aim to express the relationship between memory and landscape.
Proust famously wrote of the surge and detail of memories of his childhood brought back by eating ‘a tiny crumb of madeleine’. To me, landscape has the same impact. Our memories are set in the places we formed them, subjective, unreliable, abstract. Landscapes themselves hold their own memories – of individuals, of events, of times, of culture. I draw on my own memories of landscape, as well as taking inspiration from poetry and prose, drama, friends, family, and my children, about what landscape remembers for them.
Over the last 25 years I have worked across disciplines - as an artist and illustrator, a writer and editor, a tribunal panellist and a teacher.
I have a Diploma in Art and Design from Warwickshire College, and have studied Fine Art at the Phoenix, Brighton, and St Andrews Place Art School in Lewes. I also have an Honours Degree in English from Bristol University, a Masters in Child Studies from Kings College London, and a CTesol teaching qualification from Coventry College.