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 career 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 purpose-built studio in the foothills of Snowdonia at Sling near Bangor.
I have always been inspired by the landscapes and seascapes of North West Wales.
In my past body of work I have attempted to convey a sense of place and time, endeavouring to create atmospheres through the use of colour and light.
My past portrait work has attempted to capture an individual's character wthin a moment in time. portraits undertaken of former residents of Bryn-y-Neuadd Hospital (In which I worked for many years) have been well-received with one piece being accepted into the National Library of Wales collection. A short documentary "A hidden portrait" was screened on BBC2 Wales during February 2018.
I am currently at a transitional point in my artistic career, during which I am exploring different media and subject matter and looking towards building a strong body of work for public exhibition.
I am not precious about my work , I tend to work quickly, often being guided by "accidents" that happen during the painting process. I will occassionally destroy pieces of work by completely re-working them with a view to creating something new and consequently many of the paintings shown no longer exist.
During 2018 I exhibited at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw and Venue Cymru, Llandudno . My current focus is preparing for my first significant solo exhibition in the main gallery room at Oriel Mon, Llangefni in June 2019 which is being supported by the Arts Council for Wales. I will also be exhibiting at Oriel Plas glyn y Weddw's 2019 Summer show.
An article about the Oriel Mon exhibition appeared in the May edition of the Wales Arts Review: