Port Talbot Steelworks  60 x 60 cm  2015                                                    Oil on Board

 

About

I work mainly in oil and charcoal.

My current work is stimulated by a trip to the Faroe Islands in July 2017. I am responding to the wild and remote environment and the atmospheric weather conditions. I am particularly drawn to the spectacular high cliffs, rock pinnacles and sea stacks and seek to convey the drama they evoke - especially in the usual misty conditions.

A recent focus has been on steelworks - in particular the UK's two remaining plants that make steel from raw materials. These are located at Port Talbot and Scunthorpe.  I am attracted by the unusual shapes of the steelwork buildings, their weathered colours, and the drama of the steam and smoke. Their future is uncertain as they face the pressures of globalisation and so it seems timely to celebrate their intrinsic beauty.

Alongside my other work I do life drawing. Here I also use interesting forms to convey a combination of both vitality and mystery. 

Most of my career was spent as an academic, writing, researching and teaching about urban planning. I pursued my interest in art through numerous part-time courses including those at Central Saint Martins, the City Lit and the Royal Drawing School. I currently have a studio in the Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre in North London.