I was born and bought up in Bangor, Wales. After studying at Chester School of Art I completed a degree in Fine Art (Painting) at Loughborough College of Art & Design during 1983. My life took a "swerve" through the NHS, becoming a Learning Disability Nurse for 30 years before returning to full time painting in 2016. Having intermittently accepted a range of commissions during my Nursing career, I am now fully focussed on my art, working from my home studio near Bangor.

 

I strive to convey a sense of place and time, endeavouring to create atmospheres through the use of colour and light. Portrait work attempts to capture an individual's character and humanity within a moment in time. My portraits undertaken of former patients of Bryn-y-Neuadd Hospital (In which I worked for many years) have been well-received with 13 pieces being accepted into the National collections of Wales at Aberystwyth and Cardiff.

 

I am humbled that my first major solo exhibition at Oriel Ynys Môn was considered by Wales Arts Review to be amongst the top 10 visual arts exhibitions in Wales during 2019.

 

I am currently exploring different media and themes, this includes painting, film and music. I am not precious about my work (This attitude a legacy of the influence of "punk" on my cultural outlook during the 70s). I tend to work quickly, often being guided by "accidents" that happen during the painting process. I will occassionally  completely re-work paintings with a view to creating something new and consequently many of the paintings featured may have been "re-cycled".

 

All work begins with an emotional attachment to the subject matter.

 

Group Exhibitions

 

Wrexham Museum 2015

Storiel, Bangor 2016

Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth 2016

Storiel, Bangor 2017

Bangor Arts Initiative Gallery 2017

Venue Cymru, Llandudno 2018

Plas Glyn y Weddw 2018

Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy 2018

Plas Glyn y Weddw 2019

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

"Môr" - Venue Cymru, Llandudno 2018

"Mordaith" - Oriel Ynys Môn 2019

"Afon" -  Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda 2020

"Y Bae" - Storiel, Bangor 2021

 

Affiliations

 

Associate Artist at CPD Bangor 1876 FC

 

Work in collections

 

National Library of Wales

National Museum of Wales

 

 

 

 

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