I am a visual artist...

based in rural North Kent. I also work as a freelance arts administrator, exhibition organiser and curator. I enjoy nature: the countryside and seashore. I read extensively and write poetry for my own pleasure. I am also a compulsive collector – “a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles”. Many of these objects feed into my work both directly and indirectly. I take my camera with me wherever I go capturing anything of interest that catches my eye as well as recording the development of my own work.
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I make...

ceramics - drawings in clay; hand-built, individual pieces that reflect my own personal aesthetic. Simple forms, muted tones, subtle surface textures that speak of bygone days and suggest a connection with a time long past or a place that exists only in the imagination.
 

I make...

ceramics - drawings in clay; hand-built, individual pieces that reflect my own personal aesthetic. Simple forms, muted tones, subtle surface textures that speak of bygone days and suggest a connection with a time long past or a place that exists only in the imagination.
 

I find...

inspiration in the arts in their many and varied forms: painting, sculpture, performance, music and literature; from fine art to folk art and from classic novels to fairy tales. Song lyrics and lines from poems are often a starting point for my work.

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I collect...

appealing items in bric-a-brac shops and both natural and man-made objects on solitary walks in the countryside near my home; through pear orchards, along ancient reed beds, past abandoned brick works and onto the foreshore of a tidal creek. I return repeatedly to timeless landscapes such as these where the past exists palpably in the present. Generations of the dead leave something of themselves behind here; whispers of lives lived and loves lost as well as more tangible fragments.

I curate...

both found and made objects in my studio. Most of these displays or ‘curations’ involve a narrative element. My ceramic pieces are often conceived or arranged in groups or families. Disparate found objects are playfully brought together into new and unexpected forms. Some of these assemblages exist only as photographs. Others feed into ideas for paper collages.

I record...

my ‘journeys’ - artistic musings, as well as travels through time and space - photographically. Collectively they form a digital memory bank from which I can draw at any given point. I am interested in exploring the role of photography in reinterpreting objects and creating alternative narratives.
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