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From a young age I felt a natural affinity for art materials and the private sanctuary it permitted. These images became a way of processing and understanding my surroundings by constructing fanciful, alternative depictions of a deciphered environment and people.

This I have continued throughout my life, and wit… Read More
From a young age I felt a natural affinity for art materials and the private sanctuary it permitted. These images became a way of processing and understanding my surroundings by constructing fanciful, alternative depictions of a deciphered environment and people.

This I have continued throughout my life, and with time, experimentation and experience my art work has become more brave and attuned in presenting my filtered history and senses.

My work largely germinates through an idea or overlooked feeling realised and acknowledged by self developed, automatic processes. These materialise and are adapted relevant to idea so can naturally produce a diverse body of work. At times imagery can become gestural and expressive, others tightly representational. However I find this a positive working method to eliminate a contrived stagnation that quashes creativity; that becomes more honest of creator. These controlled accidents, designed and developed through experimentation often inspire further work.

I studied fine art and illustration at degree level in Bradford and recently achieved an MA in art psychotherapy at Sheffield. I have exhibited nationally, the most recent being shortlisted to the Valeria Sykes, New Lights, Northern Painting Prize at Harrogate. While I presently facilitate group and individual art therapy for adults upon the autism spectrum. Individuals I have previously supported through art therapy have included learning and physical disabilities, substance misuse and a locked unit for males with psychosis. All have been a truly humbling experience which help shape me further as an artist, and realise the true purpose and potential of art. Read Less
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