I am an artist, mainly a painter but I also use drawing and printmaking in my work. I attend the ordinary and mundane in the home that connect us to those that matter most. My paintings transform the images they start from to say something other, with light being a key element. The final outputs suggest a pared down world in which the home is central.
In the context of increasingly mobile living practices, absence can define relationships more than presence. It is this sense of isolation and its effect on mental health that is so prevalent in our society, amplified during lockdown times, that I seek to highlight in my work or address through my work with others.
I use art as a tool to work with people and therefore undertake work in arts education and arts and health. I have worked for many years as an arts practitioner with vulnerable groups including adult mental health, young people excluded from school, homeless groups and those being treated for drug and alcohol addiction.