I originally trained as a textile designer and worked in the Scottish knitwear industry. After a spell of ill health I returned to my home town of Bolton and decided to follow a long held dream of becoming an artist.
My work explores the possibilities of digital imaging in combination with traditional art-making techniques. I make hand printed and painted textures to use as source material for my collages, creating visual effects unachievable with either method alone
My paintings often portray geological and meteorological phenomena in nature as I seek to illustrate some of the systems operating in the world around us, often unnoticed as we go about our daily lives.
'A Small World' was the first digital artwork I created and it consists of 180 silhouettes of animals and humans. The backgrounds of the animal shapes are close-up images of the real fur, feathers, scales etc. of each animal and I used different kinds of fabric for the human figures (click image to zoom).
I have exibited my work widely in exhibitions across the North West and in 2017 I won first prize in the Lancashire Open Art Exhibition at the Chapel Galley in Ormskirk.
I am a member of neo:artists collective based in Bolton and have organised and curated two exhibitions at neo:gallery in the town centre. The first was a solo exhibition for local artist Rama Jana and the second was 'INTERFACE', a group exhibition of international artists which earned some excellent reviews in artist publications.
In 2020 my digital collage 'New Life 1' appeared in the May issue of 'The World of Interiors magazine.