LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
I graduated from Reading University in 2007 with a Masters in Fine Art, specialising in painting. I have my own studio in West Reading and I currently teach on the Masters Foundation Programme for OnCampus at the University of Reading.
Since leaving college I have had several exhibitions, including two group exhibitions, in Henley on Thames and Chelsea, London, and solo exhibitions at Basingstoke. I have also worked as a Community artist with community groups, producing a 24m mural; museums creating a scenery backdrop for a John Piper exhibition, or producing a mural on canvas reflecting the life along the river Thames. and for schools, producing a six panelled work in Basingstoke involving Year 9 pupils.
During my Masters, I was influenced by the photographer Edward Weston and the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. It was the idea of how easily the eye can be deceived, and the ensuing problems of accepting mistaken impressions. These influences have lingered into my current work and I am still very interested in symbolism; particularly in the significance and role of the honeybee and their importance in our life; these important little creatures have the closest relationship with our world and the insect worlds. My paintings investigate and explore this relationship.
My exploration focuses on the regular tasks of maintaining an organised and productive community, an important aspect in each world; tasks that are so simple but essential; from cleaning the floors, guarding the young and providing food. The honeybee symbolises industry and unity which humans admire most.
WHO I AM
I am an MFA graduate from Reading University specialising in painting
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