I studied Fine Art at Hornsey College (Middlesex Poly, London) in the early 80’s,but in my early 20’s became disillusioned with ‘Art’ . I gave up painting and turned to crafts and teaching.
I recently returned to painting after a 35 year painters block. Because I suffer from ME/CFS, I do all my painting in bed, often in the middle of the night. My paintings are watercolours of Sheffield’s ever changing industrial landscape. The work is inspired by the forms of industrial buildings that range from Victorian grandeur to mid 20th century utilitarianism. From the remnants of colossal steelworks to small workshops, derelict to ‘done up’, they tell a story. Although I am a realist painter, many of my compositions are influenced by my passion for the Constructivist, Vorticist, and Cubist movements. Rembrandt, Constable, Cezanne and Hopper are high amongst the painters I go to for inspiration.