My prints use figuration and abstraction to portray the landscape. The sources can come from working in the open air or expressing landscape filtered through memory. The physicality of my approach to the printing process combined with a contemplative exploration of surface makes the subject spontaneous and vibrant whilst capturing an intimate connection with the landscape.
I am captivated by the ancient semi-natural landscapes typical of my native west Cornwall where a blurred line exists between nature and human activity. Recent works of the Fens focus on the meeting point of land, horizon and sky, their flatness altering the perception of distance. My work has gradually evolved from my monochromatic studies by introducing colour to reflect the Fensâ€™ ever-changing mood and light. I draw inspiration from sites which have a particular sense of place; the catalyst for my most significant pieces of work.
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I was a student at Falmouth and Winchester Schools of Art, was selected for the Design Enterprise Programme at The Royal College of Art and achieved an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Cambridge School of Art in 2009. In 2012 I was awarded the Curwen Studio prize at the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers Summer Exhibition. My prints ‘Goonhilly Downs’ and ‘White Downs State III’ were selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions in 2015 and 2016 respectively. My print ‘November Fen’ was selected for the National Original Print Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London in 2018. I was awarded The Hawthorn Printmakers Award for “Most Interesting Use of Medium” for my work on show at the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale 2018.
I have been collaborating for the last three years with Kate Caoimhe Arthur, Fenland Poet Laureate 2017. This collaboration has taken a variety of forms, walking in the Fens, staging talks and exhibitions at Cambridge Contemporary Art and Cambridge Drawing Society, sound recording and creating numerous prints and poems.
I exhibit regularly at Cambridge Contemporary Art and other recent shows have included The Old Fire Engine House Ely, Fen Ditton Gallery Cambridge, Church Street Gallery Saffron Walden, Hayletts Gallery Maldon Essex, Craft Centre and Design Gallery Leeds and The Red Dot Mini Print Touring Exhibition. I have been participating in Cambridge Open Studios held annually each July for over ten years. I am a member of Cambridge Drawing Society and regularly show at the exhibitions that the society hosts each year.
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