What’s your background?
Design – I trained for 5 years, and worked as a retail buyer for over a decade. In more recent years I’ve been working as a freelance print designer. I split my time between that and painting.
Explain what you do in 100 words.
My focus is abstract painting, some collage and drawing. I experiment with the fluidity of geometric formation, the dance of matter in and out of creation, coalescing and fragmenting – an infinite exploration. Composition is a critical part of my practice, I am increasingly pushing the boundaries between spontaneous expression and construction.
In design, I research print ideas and develop concepts in response to new trends, and in alignment with the client brief.
What five words best describe your work?
Abstract – Dynamic – Geometric – Lyrical – Expressive
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve just completed a painting: “Pride of Theia”, on hand-made paper – a birthday gift for a good friend of mine. The painting is based on everything I’ve learned from a recent series of newsprint paintings that I’ve been working on. I set myself the task of irreverence – which continues to be profoundly liberating.
Which three artists would you like to be compared to or admire?
Comparing art is like comparing children; probably not wise. If I were to name artists that inspire me, I would say Franz Kline, Frank Stella, Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Malevich, Picasso and many, many more… I love contemporary art.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
In art – learn to colour outside the lines.
In life – to love myself first.
Favourite or most inspirational place in Yorkshire?
Views from the White Horse, I was there recently
Temple of the Four Winds at Castle Howard, and the Arboretum
The Strensall Common Silver Birch Plane, Moorlands, Rhododendron Forest
Tell us something we don’t know
I would never be so presumptuous.