I’m an artist and PhD student interested in processes of creativity.

tn_P1000855My PhD investigates making as a process of thinking. My recent painting practice combines images of family snapshots with climate change affected landscapes, asking whether the ways in which we see ourselves as agents inform our relationships with the ‘world’. I have documented the first phase of my research here.

Red Hat, 5" x 7", oil on card

I create paintings from family snapshots to explore the narratives and myths of family, memory, childhood, and identity. I’m curious as to why we take snapshots, particularly of children, and use painting to visually explore this.  I’m also interested in the camera as a form of surveillance; how it feels to be photographed, and the construction of selfhood through the resulting image.  I work intuitively, producing often ambiguous works which are firmly distanced from their photographic source.  Objects and domestic settings from the original photograph become symbolic props which take on new meanings when transferred into a painting.  My recent work is painted on small hand-made panels, perhaps reminiscent of an older tradition of painted miniatures.  My influences include Elizabeth Peyton, Marlene Dumas and Luc Tuymans.

Visit the Gallery to see a selection of my work.

I am currently represented by Water Street Gallery in Todmorden.


Arts and Creative Education

2009-2010 Leeds Metropolitan University BA (Hons) Visual Art (First Class)
2009 Calderdale College HND Fine Art
2007 Calderdale College Access to Art and Design
2005 – 2007 Birmingham Institute of Art and Design P.T. Foundation in Art and Design (transferred to Access course)

Degree and Post-Graduate Education


2001 – 2003 Lancaster University MA in Management Learning (70%)
1986 – 1990 Nottingham Trent University BA (Hons) Business Studies (2:1)

Solo Exhibitions

  • ‘Captured’, South Square Meeting Room Gallery, South Square Centre, Thornton (July 2011)

Group Exhibitions

  • Calderdale Open, Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax
  • Small Works & Just in Case, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden
  • ‘Vision On‘, Group Show, Brooklyn Gallery and Studios, Hebden Bridge
  • ‘Have you seen my Childhood?’, Four person show, ArtsMill Gallery, Hebden Bridge
  • Degrees of Vision – BA Final Show, Todmorden College
  • Degrees of Vision: Link, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
  • Beehive Art Trail, Rochdale Feel Good Festival, Rochdale
  • Degrees of Vision: Showcase, Bankfield Museum, Halifax
  • ART … ‘isn’t just for CHRISTMAS’ Small works | Great art, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden
  • Matryoshka, Northlight Back Door Gallery, Hebden Bridge
  • Winter Art Market, ArtsMill, Hebden Bridge
  • ‘Mixed Response’, Calderdale College HND Final Show
  • 20:20, Northlight Back Door Gallery, Hebden Bridge
  • Spring Open, ArtsMill, Hebden Bridge
  • ‘In Your Dreams’, Northlight Back Door Gallery, Hebden Bridge
  • Leeds Book Fair, University of Leeds


  • Project Assistant, Faculty of Performance, Visual Art and Communication, University of Leeds
  • Board member and Company Secretary of ArtsMill gallery, Hebden Bridge
  • Director and Treasurer of Northlight Art Studios Co-operative, Hebden Bridge
  • Sculpture commissioned for Todmorden in Bloom as part of sculpture trail at Ferney Lee School (college project)
  • Community Arts Volunteering for Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade (working with school, day care centre, and families)


1990 – 2006
  • Experience in project management, workshop facilitation, coaching, retail, and higher education