2004 P.G.Cert University of Gloucestershire
1999 Fine Art Painting, University of Gloucester
1998 Art Foundation, Gloscat, Gloucester.
1972 Graphic design, (Commercial art in those days) illustration. Northwhich college of Art, Cheshire
The work is abstract, with hybrid forms and sometimes contains recognisable imagery in the abstraction. I use oils sometimes adding bits of collage and also work in pastel on paper.
I don't start off with ideas, it's intuitive and organic and the concept is generated through the practice. I start by putting down areas of marks and form and then reacting to it, adding anything new changes the relationships and the balance and there are many layers, changes and edits.
While I'm working I'm re living my memories and processing my emotions, trying to work things out. The objects around me and the components of my everyday life (coffee pots, buildings, ladders etc.) end up in the work abstracted. each shift in my life corresponds to a shift in the work. I think of my painting as another reality, another language, an expression of my emotions and thought processes.