I am an artist based in Haworth, on the edge of the moors, in the Pennine hills of West Yorkshire. I am inspired by the drama of the landscape and wild, ever changing light and weather of the Pennines.
In my work, I respond to the spirit of place, and how I feel as part of that landscape. From the recently post-industrial fringes of my home town of Bradford: Auto-rewilding, anarchic, weedy and exuberant, to the older, more distant traces of mining and quarrying in the Dales.
I’m especially interested in the ruins of heavy industry. This is not a pristine, wild environment, traces of the human footprint are all around us, forming and shaping the landscape.
By exploring ways of expressing this many-layered, ancient and deep connection between us and our landscape, I aim to capture how this place feels to me in my moment and to attempt to connect with the people, the animals and the stories that have passed through here before and to capture my response to the everyday local landscape, weather, and atmosphere. As a painter and illustrator, I work expressionistically in acrylic and gouache to create a snapshot of a moment in time and of place. In doing this, I hope to make joyous art that resonates with others.
I studied Textile Design at Bradford School of Art before becoming a freelance textile designer. Since then I have also worked in Bradford College teaching art, and as a Teaching Assistant in schools.