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I was born in Ulverston, and live on the outskirts of Coniston where I’ve been very fortunate to spend most of my life. The immediate landscape of rough hillside and rock, a “back garden” has become a key influence for my work, and has inspired me to investigate the use of paint, mixed media and textures to translate the fundamental nature of the place. I graduated in 1998 from the University of Central Lancashire gaining a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. During this period I explored printmaking and experimental photography, quickly developing a desire to explore texture and expression within these medias.
My passion for the hills has taken me to Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, and the European Alps. Most of my time is spent in the Lakes and Scottish Highlands, walking, climbing and backpacking, gathering sketches along the way. I’ve been involved in Lake District Mountain Rescue for the last 25 years as a team member and search dog handler, taking me into the hills day and night in all weathers. It’s a privilege to be able to experience the hills during these moments.

Exhibitions


SMALL2016 - Artspace - Kendal - 2016
Kendal Mountain Festival 2016
'A day in the hills' - Mountain Arts Festival - Rheged - 2016
'Truth and Terrain' - Kendal Mountain Film Festival - 2015
'Mountains' - Bank Street Gallery - Kirriemiur - 2014
'Views' The Loovre Gallery - Kirkby Lonsdale. February 2014
SMALL2013 - Mill Yard Studio - Staveley.

SMALL2012 - Mill Yard Studio - Staveley
SPRINGsprung - Mill Yard Studio, Staveley - 2012
The Yurt Gallery, Rydal Hall - 2012
Four - Mill Yard Studio - Staveley 2011
SMALL2010 - Mill Yard Studio - Staveley  2010 - 2011
Brantwood - Coniston 2010
Di Rollo Gallery - Edinburgh 2009 - 2010
The Fringe Festival - Edinburgh 2009
The Yurt Gallery – Rydal Hall 2009

“Leading to Landscapes” – Gatefoot Gallery, Staveley 2008
“50 Mile” – The Bleach House, Ulverston 2008
“Peatlight” - The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool 2008
National Mountaineering Exhibition - Rheged 2008
Lowick Community Learning Centre 2007
Coniston Water Festival 2006
“Place” – Kendal Museum 2005
“Fell” - Orton 2005
Kendal Mountain Film Festival 1999
International Climbing Competition, Birmingham 1999
Private commissions.