I grew up in the green Tyne River valley in Northumberland, England, a gentle contrast to the dramatic, rugged moorland surrounding it. The color and texture of these two man made landscapes, with their changing light and distant horizons still have a great influence on my art.
I trained and then practiced as an Architect in England and then in the USA. My Architectural designs engaged the spaces beyond the building, capturing the light and textures available - the long view. I have lived in a pink suburban house for over 40 years surrounded by a garden of my own design. Trees grow, plants thrive or fail, family and age demand change. The house, garden, and I have adapted with time.
My personal creative life has followed this same pattern, a restless exploration of materials and subject matter with no set landing place. “Adaptation” may always be both my burden and my strength!
My hope is that the exercise of creating this website, which covers paintings and drawings from between 2007 and March 2020, will lead me to a better understanding of my work and be a guide forward. The addition of a category titled “Recent” continuing this exploration through 2021, starts to address that question for me.
In 2007 I joined the community of fellow students, Artists and Teachers at New Art Center in Newton, MA. I would like to thank this entire supportive community, in particular John Murray, Jeanne Gugino, Chuck Holtzman, Robert Siegelman and Wen-hao Tien for their extraordinary teaching ability, and for all of you for your most evident influence on my creative development. Casey Curry, a past member of that community, helped me with the creation of this website with her valuable insights and patience, and of course technical expertise.