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.
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
"Annwn", Ty Pawb, Wrexham 2021
"FREEDOM - Europe - Without boundaries?" - Soest, Germany 2022
"Môr" - Venue Cymru, Llandudno 2018
"Mordaith" - Oriel Ynys Môn 2019
"Afon" - Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda 2020
"Y Bae" - Storiel, Bangor 2021
Associate Artist at CPD Bangor 1876 FC
Work in collections
National Library of Wales
National Museum of Wales