Painting has always been something that I love to do. As a small child when asked I would say I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I grew up near Leeds, and I went to York College to do a Foundation Course in Art & Design and then on to Manchester Polytechnic (BA Hons Fine Art) in 1991. At the time I did conceptual art but I still used my painting skills in it. After graduating I then had to make a decision to either move to London to do the conceptual work or do something else. The city is not for me so I did the opposite. I went to live in the Yorkshire Dales. I was intrigued and inspired by the area and I created landscapes to sell at local fairs at events in York. Things grew from there and in time I was doing solo shows at National Trust properties and Bowes Museum.
Foundation course in Art & Design, at York College of Art in 1987
BA (Hons) Fine Art in Manchester, 1988-91. 2:1
Shortlisted for the Whitworth Young Contemporaries as a student.
I experimented with conceptual art before returning to full time painting on returning to North Yorkshire.
Significant solo exhibitions including "On the Horizon, Out of Reach" at The Bowes Museum, "If I have left, I Remain in the Country" The National Trust's Nunnington Hall and "Maybe You Have Been Here" at Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin in Coniston, The Lake District.
I exhibited in the Lynn Painter-Stainer 2013 Prize Exhibition in the Mall Galleries, London and have shown paintings in many northern galleries and museums.Previous exhibitions:
Farfield Mill, Sedbergh 2002
Nunnington Hall, The National Trust, nr Helmsley 2003"If I have left, I remain in the Country"
Middleham Old School Art Workshop 2003"Atmospheric Moods of the Dales"
The Walker Gallery, Harrogate solo show 2004
Percy House Gallery,"Poetic Landscapes" 2005
Bowes Museum "On the Horizon, out of Reach" 11th Feb- 17th April 2006
Staithes Gallery, near Whitby, North Yorkshire"Drifting Down Valleys towards the Sea"Summer 2006
Brantwood, The Home of John Ruskin, "Maybe You Have Been Here Before" solo show Coniston, Cumbria Dec/Jan 2006
Chantry House Gallery, Ripley near Harrogate 2007
Castlefield Galleries, Manchester 1991
Manchester Academy of Fine Art Show 2004
Shortlisted for the Hunting Art Prizes Competition 2004
Blues on the Moors exhibition, The Gallery & Jazz Cafe, Grosmont, Whitby 2005 Sleningford Hall, near Ripon
Lynn Stainer Painter Prize 2013 , The Mall Galleries, London
The Gallery Leeds - Yorkshire artists 5 Summer 2013
Regular artist at the Biscuit Factory, Newcastle since 2015and Helmsley Feversham Arms gallery.
I now live and work in the North York Moors National Park and continue to develop my landscape paintings. Each time I finish a new one it is added on here Etsy. This is my own personal gallery space where you will find new paintings before anyone else sees them - and the prints are only available from me directly on Etsy. A selection of larger paintings are on show in The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle.
Original paintings are being shown online on this website with an option to purchase an original. Prices for an original start from £1000 and prints range from £22 - £110