I was born in Canada, and have also lived in Ireland and Uganda. I studies Textiles at Art College in England, gaining an M.A. I have worked as a freelance textile designer and illustrator, and have also been involved in teaching in various colleges and Adult Education. For the last twenty years or so I have been concentrating on the development and production of my own work, and I have exhibited my work widely throughout the U.K. I also have work in numerous corporate collections .
‘My work is influenced by everything around me, from remembered , fleeting glimpses right up to things I saw yesterday. This could be landscape, flowers, architecture, water, lights, a particular colour combination, a feeling. I am not interested in making obviously representational images, I am attempting to translate what I see into what I feel. I attempt to capture a sense of depth and form using abstract elements such as colour, colour relationships, texture, mark-making and composition. I like to develop structure within a painting, contrasting it with looser areas of colour, tone and texture. I make some work as a direct response to observed elements within my environment, while other pieces can be triggered by a particular colour combination or techniques which I have encountered. Recent work references dilapidated farm buildings and the old barracks at Fort Dunree in Donegal. I am currently exploring the qualities of light, looking at reflections in wet surfaces, fairground lights and street lights.
I use any suitable materials and techniques which help me to achieve the effects I want, and these can include acrylics, mono-printing and collage.