Some of my most recent works are inspired by the streets of Manchester. I still have an affinity with the city since I lived and worked (and played) here as an interior textile designer in the nineties.
It was after moving to west Yorkshire and starting a family that I decided to try to make a living as a painter and found inspiration in my new surroundings – the rural landscape of the Calder Valley.
I was keen to depict however not only the timeless qualities of nature but also a landscape of our time - a human narrative in the form of roads, buildings, street furniture, vehicles or machinery. I am also interested in capturing a place in a certain dramatic light – before or after a storm, the low sun of a late autumn afternoon or even a glow from a street light at night.
I have developed a technique that combines acrylic painting with collage using transfers made from my own digitally altered photographs. I believe this technique brings a contemporary feel to my work. and also creates contrast which is often something I wish to reflect..
Though frequently returning to my local landscape I have gone on to find inspiration from others both rural and urban. I always aim through my work to reflect the true aesthetic character of a place. I believe my design background has heped my painting in many ways from my intuitive use of colour to my readiness to create work which is both innovative and yet accessable for a home or office environment..
Since working with Atrtzu I have undertaken domestic and corporate commissions including boardroom pieces for The IM group head office in Birmingham and Wincanton head office in Bristol.
|Ambleside - Life In The Landscape||Edge End Moor, Awash With Colour||Height Farm||Watergrove, View Across Time||Softening Light, Blackshawhead||Crimsworth Dean Beck #2|
|River Irwell, Trading Route||Afternoon Sunlight Wadsworth||Bridge Mills Weir||The River Irwell From Victoria Bridge||Old Town Mill||Brig Well Head|
|Open Land Above The Crags||Castlefield And The Hilton||Rochdale Canal at Hebden Bridge||Sunset, Salford Quays||Rochdale Canal, Trading Route||Suburban Dream Sugary Shrubbery|
|Suburban Dream Lay by Land||Suburban Dream True Technicolour||The River Irwell From The Calatrava Footbridge||Higher Crimson, Keighley Road||River Irwell Near Spinningfields At Sunset||International Buffet|
|Sunset On Howarth Old Road II||Evening Light, Old Town||Portland Street||Fingerpost, Howarth Old Road II||Slow Lane I||Ground Flora, Midgeley Moor|
|Sunset, Higher Crimsworth, Pecket Well||Cool Spring Evening, Bents Farm, Hebden||Late Summer, Haworth Old Road||Cold Morning, Widdop Road||Late Afternnon Sun, Ackroyd Lane||Autumn Sunset, Caerlaverock|
|Light Through The Mist Over Calder Valley||Sunset Over Stoodley From Wadsworth Moor||Sunlight On Horse Hey||Automatic Transmissions, Blackshawhead||Higher Crimsworth Farm||Gondola Mooring, Venice|
|Nightfall On Hilltop Suburbia||After The Storm, Howarth Old Rd||After Sunlight Above Crimsworth||First Light Above Burlees Lane||Reappearance||Venice At Night|
|Looking Back At Pecket Well||Widdop Bridge II||Snows Up Over Old Town||Waterflow To Old Town Mill||Upper Broard Shaw||Higher Intake Blackshaw Head|
|The Grand Canal||Heble End||Horse Hey||Hebden Water I||Bents Farm||Sunset Over Cross Hill|
|Persuasion||View From Hot Stone Hill||Boston Hill Sunset||The Rochdale Canal At Machpelagh||Rooftops Over Nutclough||First Light At Horsehold|
|Fingerpost||Howath Old Road||Early Morning Light, Wadsworth Moor||The Calderdale Way At Dimmindale||Towards The Old Mount Skip||Cool Winter Light, South Pennines|