DOB: 1961, Newcastle. Grew up in Chester.

College: St Martin's School of Art, 1980.

"As a child I loved the diagrams in science text-books; the underlying patterns of life described and delineated. Magnetic fields, bee-dances and bird migration; feathers, atoms and cells. Copying in my exercise books, I was immersed in a world beyond the surface of everyday 'reality'.

"Later, in the writings of Blake, Hesse and Rilke, punk rock and LSD, I found experiences that resonated with mine.

"I still keep notebooks - drawing as a conversation with myself - a way to work-stuff-out. In this way my artworks are maybe 'diagrams of the sub-conscious'. Akin - albeit not deliberately - to the 'Thought Forms' of Theosophy.

"I find inspiration in travel, walking and staring out of windows. I read and listen - to philosophy, quantum physics, Rupert Sheldrake, Rilke and Alan Watts"

"My Dad was an art teacher. His eclectic tastes meant I grew up surrounded by reproductions of Indian art and Max Beckmann; De Chirico, Campin and Giotto.

"Mum also painted - strange, surreal watercolours of roots and forests. In her own way, using art to work-stuff-out"

"Art is a fruit that grows in man like a fruit on a plant or a child in its mother's womb.".
Jean Arp

"I loafe and invite my soul".
Walt Whitman

"What is now proved was once only imagined."
William Blake

Photo: Lis Bramwell


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