About My Practice

‘It is not the eyes but the soul that sees’ - Descartes

 

I like to think of my practice as 'emotional archaeology' – an excavation of the memories, feelings and associations I experience when I am out in the landscape.

 

How it feels, moves, sounds and smells, and what this suggests to me, are as important as how it looks; so, I often use non-visual sensing techniques, stream of consciousness writing, poetry, and found objects alongside plein-air sketches and photography to document my impressions.

These are the raw materials that I use to make my finished paintings which are themselves made outside in my home studio in Camberley, Surrey.

 

A few facts 

I have been painting for over 25 years and am mostly self-taught, but I’ve had a professional practice since graduating from the Newlyn School of Art Professional Mentoring Programme in 2018 where I was tutored by some of Britain’s leading contemporary artists and teachers.

 

I have exhibited at several galleries in Cornwall and at pop-up events near London, and my work hangs in private collections in the UK, France, the Philippines, Canada and Japan.

Timeline
2019
October              Solo show 'Gara Connected Forms',
                             Camberley, Surrey
2018 
Graduate from Newlyn School of Art Professional Mentoring Programme 
November 2018  'Aquarium' Group Show
                                PZ Gallery, Penzance
Summer 2018     Chapel House Gallery, Penzance
 
Qualifications & Publications
2015                        MA Stage 1 (Distinction) Art History
                                Open University                                                                                                   
                                Academic paper 'An Examination of  Contradiction? Filipino Identity and Juan Luna's  Spoliarium' 
June 2008            Winchester Writer's Conference     Short Story Finalist - 'Wooden Eyes' (Highly Commended)
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