I build up my paintings slowly over time, layer by layer. Using my long-established process, I apply a coat of oil paint then scrape passages away to create an interplay of dappled colours and then continue adding more paint mixed with resin building up an image.
My ideas are to create an image based on chance. Physically, I use painting tools which limit my control of the medium. By using scrappers and household brushes, a random selection of marks emerge, including broad patches of colour. I then use a squeegee and wipe is across the image with a diluted oil mix. It creates distinctive variety of marks and broad patches of colour.
I don’t have a specific picture in mind when I start. I like the fact that it is not planned. The method of random choice and chance, its build-up and destruction produces an abstract image but never a pre-determined one.
The process takes a long time and many different images appear on the canvas and it is only at the end, when the final image crystallises, that I am satisfied with
Lives and works in South Manchester, England.
BA(Hons ) History of Art and Design with Practice Manchester UK
Member of the Society of Scottish Artists
Dell UK Headquarters
Govnet Communications, London
ExpoArt, Miami , December 2019
ArtExpo, Zurich, August 2019
Manchester Art Fair , October 2018
Wilmslow Art Trail, November 2017
National Art Prize,(shortlisted) Oxo Tower , London, November 2017 Art&, York Racecourse, 30th October, 2017
Flux Art Exhibition, Chelsea College of Art, 12th-16th July, 2017
Artbox Project, Basel June 14th-19th 2017
Art Project, Miami, December 2016
Art Below Winter Exhibition, Truman Brewery October27th-30th,2016
Pallant House Prize-Winner Exhibition, Chichester,
NOA, The National Open Art Winter Exhibition, 23rd Oct-2nd November, Royal College of Art.
National Prize winner, Best Northern Artist NOA
Art off the Edge, Cheshire, 13th-15th November, Festival Hall, Alderley Edge.
The Other Art Fair, Bloomsbury 23rd-26th April, 2015
The Other Art Fair Truman Brewery Brick Lane 17th-20th October 2015
The Yard Alderley Edge Cheshire 22nd -24th November
Group Exhibition, Hayhill Gallery, Baker Street London 13th-28th January 2015
East Cheshire Hospice Group Exhibition,Macclesfield, 2014
Art For Cure, Suffolk,May 2014
Wendy Levy Winter Exhibition, 2013
Portico Library , Manchester,2013
City Inn, Manchester,2008