My enthusiasm for art and the outdoors has been lifelong.

After gaining an honours degree in fine art at Sheffield College of Art & Design, I spent 2½ years travelling around the world, which included work as an art teacher in Australia. The following 30 years were spent as an art educator in the UK, and I now work full time as a professional artist, from a studio in my home.

When not in the studio, a good deal of time is spent out on the hills, sketching, photographing, observing and absorbing the light, colour, mood and rhythm of shapes and patterns in the landscape. Back in the studio work often begins with rapid charcoal tonal sketches, or charcoal and pastel, to free up ideas and start a working process where each piece forms part of a series.  Some of these are retained, some discarded.  Gradually, ideas, responses and recorded details come together, and with luck, come to life.  A preferred composition emerges and if promising is worked up into a larger painting.

I enjoy finding new ways of expressing the visual qualities I want in my work, and experimenting with media and styles is a part of this.  New challenges and new departures always beckon.  The desire to progress and improve never lessens.

My work has been awarded a number of prizes over the years and is represented in both public and private collections both here and abroad. Work is available to buy at major art fairs and exhibitions in a number of venues across the UK.  I am an active member of the Peak District Artisans - "An association of some of the very best professional fine artists, designer makers and contemporary artisans in and around the Derbyshire Peak District".  Peak District Artisans showcase a number of very popular Fine Art and Designer Craft fairs around the region each year - see Events page for details.  Alternatively visitors are always welcome to visit my home and studio with as many as 100 paintings usually on view.

For those familiar with the Peak District, the image at right was taken from Win Hill ridge overlooking Edale Valley, with Lose Hill in the background.

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