Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2016, I had the great experience of being the Artist in Residence at West Buckland School in South West England for two years. North Devon has a staggeringly beautiful coastline, constantly surprising in its varied views. It's a place that feels under the radar, and even after two years there I was finding new places to explore right on my doorstep. My time spent there allowed me the freedom of really exploring the materials I used and what it was I wanted to make.
The art I create is in a way a visual documentation of my own connection with nature and being in the environment, looking at how water moulds and shapes land and life. Having been brought up close to the coast, the sea is an ongoing interest of mine. Whether its sailing on it, surfing in it or walking beside it, the sea offers up continual inspiration.
Through my art I want to show the awesome power that the landscape and the sea holds but also the fragile nature of this environment. Aesthetically this might be evident in the materials I have used. Or it might be shown in the abstraction of the landscape that visualises the elemental aspects that I felt in that place.
I make art because I want to describe and remember places I have been. I want to capture that feeling of a wild, windswept day on the sand by the sea. I want to show the way the rocks by the sea edge have numerous intricate cracks running through them creating woven tapestries in the cliffs. These details or feelings can be overlooked or forgotten, but by making a visual recording of it, these memories can be revisited and remembered.
I hope that through my artwork I can encourage people to engage more with the landscape around them, and really appreciate the beauty and power in the landscape.
Exhibitions & Residencies
28th August - July 4th 2018 Artist in Residence at West Buckland School, Devon
26th May - 10th June 2018 Pop-up Gallery and open studio for Dorset Art Weeks
9th - 28th February 2018 Printmakers Open, Town Mill Arts Courtyard Gallery, Lyme Regis, Dorset
14th - 25th November 2017 South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts Open Exhibition, Castle St, Exeter
Shortlisted for the Bath and West Art Scholarship
27th May - 5th June 2016 Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show
12th April 2016 Asbestos Rest Stop, Edinburgh College of Art
22nd February - 4th of March 2016 Drawing on drawing, Edinburgh College of Art
19th February - 3rd April 2016 Moving Mountains Festival, An Ealdhains Art Trust, Lime Tree Gallery, Fort William
12th - 19th February 2016 Edinburgh Student Arts Festival, The Biscuit Factory
2nd December 2016 HATCH, The Caves, Edinburgh
BA(hons) Painting - Edinburgh College of Art 2013 - 2016
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - Falmouth University 2012 - 2013