I am a contemporary printmaker, mixed media artist and teacher based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. I trained in Graphic Arts at Leeds Metropolitan University then went on to specialise in collography and etching and in 2003 received an M.A. in Printmaking from Bradford University.

My work is a celebration of the life I see around me coupled with a love of colour and rich texture. Atmosphere and light play an important role and recent themes have explored the wet city streets of towns at night, sea storms, snowstorms and sunsets across the Yorkshire Dales. A lot of my prints are multi-coloured collagraphs, a process I enjoy using because of the tactile surface quality, exciting mark making potential and the unpredictable but unlimited expressive colour combinations that can be achieved.

I mainly produce prints in small editions of between 5 and 20. Each print I make is unique depending on the colours and wiping techniques used and often the differences are quite dramatic. I embrace this as a positive and exciting aspect of the collagraph process and exploit its potential within my series of works.

I have taken part in numerous projects, residencies and exhibitions both nationally and abroad including the Bradford Open exhibition where I was awarded the Prize-winner for Overall Submission in 2002. In 2006 I received the award for Most Innovative Print by WYPW at Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax and in 2010 I was awarded runner up prize for the Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking, hosted at WYPW, Mirfield. I continue to exhibit regularly as well as being an active member of Leeds Fine Artists and Inkers Printmakers. A list of my recent exhibitions can be seen in the exhibitions section.

I am currently working on ‘Inkerwoven’, a collaborative project between Inkers Printmakers and Bradford College Textile Archive. Along with other Inkers Printmakers I am creating new and exciting works of contemporary print in response to the textile collections. A final exhibition will be held at the college’s Dye House Gallery, Bradford. (Due to covid restrictions dates have not yet been announced). The ‘Inkerwoven’ project is also providing artist-led workshops and activities for all ages to enjoy, both at the School of Art, making use of its superb printmaking facilities, and at other venues with links to Yorkshire’s textile industry. For a full list go to https://www.inkers-printmakers.co.uk/.

I am a qualified Secondary School teacher with 24 years of experience teaching in Yorkshire schools alongside creating and delivering engaging art related workshops to different groups within the community. One of my joys in life is to share my knowledge and passion for art with others and to encourage and facilitate the life affirming effects of creativity in its many forms.