I graduated as a mature student in 2008 at the Manchester Metropolitan University in
Fine Art, Printmaking, receiving a First. While studying my focus moved
increasingly towards screen-printing, but mono- printing was also a
technique I enjoyed. As a basis for my focus I used my worked over city
photos and then screen printed over the paper many times.
My digital collages are usually made up of 2-5 photos. They have been manipulated,
collaged and changed over in Photoshop. Often with hindsight they give
additional meanings which I had initially not contemplated. These
simply emerge in the process of making images.
I tend to travel a lot, often to South East Asia, taking hundreds of photos. These are a
great inspiration for me. For example, in Hongkong I became fascinated
by the reflections of its high city buildings in the windows of the
structures opposite them. Once on the plane just before Hongkong, I saw
fantastical cloud formations and I took as many photos as I could for
as long as it lasted.
Reflections as well as clouds are real and not
real. Neither can be touched and got hold of. It is as if they move,
disappear, come back and tease you with the illusion of reality.
I love gardening and my garden. So I have spent quite a while painting
plants and flowers in pastel in our garden. I may do more of this kind
However, I am also interested in the flow of things, in
movement, scale and in geology. The world is wide open and the
possibilities are great when making images.
Artist's Location: , Cheshire.