B.A (Hons) Fine Art, PGCE, Adv Dip Ed, MA(Ed) Dip SpLD
Right from the start, I have been curious about identity (ies) and the ‘Spirit of Place’; the influence a place has on its people. I delight in knowledge and have continuing interest in education and a range of curricula. I’ve worked in education for thirty years by no means in a purely Art context although I have used my artist’s intellect in whichever context I have found myself.
I come from the Breckland of East Anglia an ancient prehistoric land full of suspicion and fear of outsiders. A wide-open but claustrophobic landscape which continues to fascinate me. There is repression here and a fear of telling. This has led me to work with ideas of layering, mosaics, patterns, covering and glimpses of things partly seen. This manifests itself in lists, maps, fragments and portraits.
More recently, I’ve accepted that I enjoy using bright colours in my work. I love tiles and increasingly my work is in a square format.
I love maps and will spend time just looking at them. On walks, I need to know where I am and what I can see and how it relates. Living in Royston used by travellers over thousands of years and walking on ancient routes where others have trod is a thrilling thing. I attempt to translate maps into ‘talking’ images which express the place for me.
The Further Education sector where I have spent most of my career is superb at offering second chances to people of all ages and I have found myself specialising in working with people who have encountered barriers to their education and personal development.
Currently I work with young people and adults who are dyslexic, dyspraxic, dyscalculic, ADHD/ADD, Autistic/Asperger’s or a combination of these, helping them to be successful. I couple this with working with organisations to improve the quality of what they do.
My Artwork and writing has been with me throughout and is central to my value and belief system.
The Place of Photography
Photography was always a means to an end and was not my first love; drawing and ceramics were. I used photos for records only.
I am now trying to use photography both as a form in its own right and as a sketchbook from which to develop paintings and other works. I enjoy its immediacy and delight in manipulating images- not only to ‘improve’ them but to move them on to translate them into something else.