Artist Statement 

As an artist, I work in paint, mixed media and sound to capture subjects that stimulate my reflection on ecology, environmental or social justice. Surrounded by rural landscape, I find myself drawn to people, places and plants often considered unimportant or marginal to mainstream modern life. My work, whether in paint, mixed media or sound, foregrounds less significant sights and sounds from my local surroundings, often embedded in a complex network of relationships.


Most recently, my work has focussed on two local freshwater reed-beds that have been restored following saline incursion during tidal floods. This wetland environment is constantly in flux, demonstrating resilience in beauty and beauty in resilience.

My current working process involves spending many hours sitting low down amongst the reeds, in all conditions of wind and weather coming off the estuary. My drawings and sound recordings are an intuitive response to the changing environment as I experience it. These are then worked up into finished pieces, raising awareness of this unique freshwater wetland environment, which is home to several habitat specific species such as the Bittern and Cetti’s Warbler, as well as multiple invertebrates. My extensive study of the reed-bed ecology has shown me that oft-disregarded organisms underpin entire ecosystems; and the importance of reed-beds to our environment and wellbeing. Living with multiple disabilities, my access to and view of the rural environment is from a particular angle. My low viewing position (sitting amongst the reeds) and my acute observation of power dynamics means I am drawn to those small, overlooked things that nestle in the landscape. I work these into my paintings through complex layers and networks indicative of the wider context in which I find them. In my acoustic pieces, sounds which are small or hard to hear are foregrounded and layered in a web of interactions that hint at the interdependence of nature and the multiplicity of place.

recent exhibitions 

2021.  One Step Greener, Lincoln University 

2021   Cohort Art Exhibition (Turps Painters), group exhibition

2021    20-21 Visual Arts Centre, solo exhibition

2020   'Practice in Place', Humber Street Gallery, Hull  

2020   Climate Change: Wetlands - Wilderspin National School Museum (solo exhibition)

2020   Critical Fish 'Above Below' online exhibition  

2019    No.44 Exhibition, HSAD

2019    Lindsay Lodge Hospice Exhibition

2019     Feren's Gallery Open Exhibition 2019 

2018     Steelrooms - winter open exhibition - featured artist

2018     20-21 Gallery Open exhibition - 2nd prize winner

2018     Hull in paint - touring exhibition (Hull Civic Society)

2018     Steelrooms - a Case for Place open exhibition

2018     Ropewalk - Humber to the Wash group exhibition

2018     'Underlined', Central library Hull - ArtLink's Square Peg Programme

2017     Steelrooms Open Exhibition

2017     Fountain 17 exhibition Brodrick Gallery - highly commended

various group exhibitions and artworks on display at regional venues, including Hull NHS memory clinic

community arts

  • Feren's Art Gallery, Video Masterclass for Big Draw 'Climate of Change' (2020)

  • Square Peg Underlined community arts project (disability and diversity) - bespoke workshops for communities unable to access mainstream arts provision (2017-18)

  • Experience teaching adult learners (2018)

  • School workshops/ bespoke mural project (Sept, 2018)


David White Memorial Award, 2020

Shortlisted for ACS Studio Prize 2020

Artwork featured in A5 Arts Magazine May 2019

1 of 10 UK Graduating Artists to feature in degree show guide 2019
Artwork featured on cover of NCAAD report for Royal College of Psychiatrists (2018-19)

Featured Artist - Steelrooms winter open exhibition 2018

Artwork selected to represent Steelrooms Gallery Winter Open-Call 2018

20-21 Exhibition 2nd prize for painting (2018)

Fountain '17 exhibition - Highly Commended artwork

Fountain '17 exhibition - award for essay writing 


BA Hons Fine Art (first class award)