Graduated from Exeter College of
Art & Design
Currently studying for an MA in Painting
at Wolverhampton University
Radiographer 430mm x 700mm
acrylic and oil paint on corrugated card.
is the first in a series of ‘drawings’ I made using coloured transparent
tapes. A good friend of mine wasworking at the North Devon Hospital,
as a junior doctor. She was the catalyst for these drawings. The
hierarchy of the hospital system fascinated me. I would really like
to see one or all of this series exhibited in a hospital or surgery.
Consultant 540mm x 790mm
acrylic and oil paint on corrugated card. (Woolacombe July 2002)
are eight images in the 'Hospital' series.
Quay ( 3 canvases
size 450mm x 300mm)
and oil paint on canvas. (Woolacombe/Bromsgrove July 2002)
< made these simple paintings to explore organic shapes and colours.
I also wanted to see if I could explode/echo/repeat motifs across several
paintings, to create a logical transition with a suggestion of language
and rhythm. The inspiration for these paintings is the quay/harbour area
of Ilfracombe in North Devon. I am fascinated by the way the tides move
and change the landscape, a constant moving swell, every moment a different
image. The colours and light of Devon have changed my approach towards
painting; the dullness of the industrial Midlands has now been replaced
with the clean, pure colours of my Woolacombe home.
from Undiscovered Nations (1000mm
acrylic and oil paint on canvas. (Woolacombe/Bromsgrove November 2002)
I have been experimenting with using gestural marks from the Abstract
Expressionist movement, scanning them into a computer and then cutting
them out in vinyl. These formal gestures then become a parody, reduced
to decorative patterns. I like the idea of inventing flags and banners
for imaginary countries, the flags we adopt always seem to have straight
lines and blocks of colour......it might be more interesting to have a
more random approach to our national identity.
quality of the photograph above is very poor)
Recently I have been creating images with PVC packaging tape. There are
several colours of tape available, ranging from brown to vivid reds and
blues. These tapes are transparent and can be used in layers like watercolour
paint or lithographic printing. Using tape is a very quick and physical
way to create images. The plasticness of the material has a unique quality
and is ideal for creating images that are bold, strong, colourful and
contemporary. Each layer adds depth and intensity to the colour underneath
and like lithography new colours are created as each transparent layer
There are other ways vinyl tape can
be used. In a commercial context, the majority of today's signage and
graphic displays are created using a colour fast, high adhesive vinyl
tape. There are thousands of different colours, tones, densities and thickness'.
There are hundreds of specialised tapes: pearlescent, opaque, iridescent
etc. It is possible to use a computer to cut sheets of vinyl into shapes
and symbols, using this process gives me the opportunity to use a clean
cut hard edged 'mark'.