I am a contemporary artist and felt maker living and working on the Wirral.
My work concentrates mainly on the slate mining area of Snowdonia, North Wales and the Docklands of Birkenhead. I visit North Wales constantly to sketch and collect photographs, which I later develop into paintings in my home studio.
Through my paintings and felt work I am striving to provide a new perspective on the intriguing shapes and austere beauty within the landscape of the moors and quarries which surround the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. I would describe my work as neither abstract nor realistic; I simply want to capture the colours, light and emotion of this amazing place.
For my paintings I work mainly in acrylics a medium I find very versatile, adding strong black lines to create definition. I tend to use black and white acrylics to depict the Birkenhead Docklands. The area now seems to have a sadness about it and a monochrome pallet seems to illustrate this and evoke memories of a bygone age of prosperity.
For my felt paintings, I begin by making a wet felt base, adding strands of coloured wool fibres instead of brush strokes and paint. Later adding definition and detail with hand and machine stitching.
I hold weekly Art classes at the Rathbone Studio/Gallery, 28, Argyle Street, Birkenhead, where I exhibit my work alongside other local artists.