Born and raised in Yorkshire, lives in Finland
2020 Allergiatalo, Helsinki
2019 P-Galleria, Pori, Finland
2020, 2019 The Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
2018 Royal Academy of Arts - 250th Summer Exhibition, London
2018 International Watercolour Festival, Gallery Manes, Prague
2018 The Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
2015 The British Connection, Poriginal galleria, Pori
1995 Gallery La Traviata, Caceres, Spain
1994 Galleria Ässäkeskus, Helsinki
2019 The Artist Prize, The RWS 2019; Feature Article in the Artist, August 2020
1994 Post Graduate Studies, Free Art School, Helsinki
1991, 1993 Post Graduate Studies, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
1987-88 Post Graduate Studiess, Painting, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1984-87 Bachelor of Arts, Painting, St. Martins School of Art, London
1984-87 Bachelor of Science, Physiotherapy, Brunel University, London
1984-87 Science Foundation Course, London
2014-16 Art Workshops teacher, Pori Art Museum, Finland
2015 Exhibition Curator, The British Connection, Finland
1996 Artist in Residence, Delfina Trust, Casa Manilva, Spain
Delfina Studio Trust, London
The Finnish Painters’ Union candidate member
Turku Artist Association
On moving to Finland in 2010 I started to paint again after many years away from it, following a different career path, and exhibited for the first time again in 2015. However having developed an artist perspective at a young age, in many ways I never really left it.
Since school days I’ve taken watercolours out to describe the landscapes around me. Inspiration continues to be found for me beyond the walls of my studio, in the Finnish nature. The extreme and ever changing Finnish seasons, from the dark cold snowy winters, to the hot white-nights of midsummer, endlessly transform the forested landscapes I am repeatedly drawn back to.
Painting landscapes for me is not a substitute for nature, but in this increasingly busy urbanized modern life, is a way of reawakening a forgotten need to connect with it. And through being and painting in nature, the creative imagination develops quiet and lasting understandings of the significance of this connectedness.
Personal, poetic, profound, scientific and political: the contemporary natural world is all of these, if only the door to the outside is opened from within. My goal is to create a painted space where the viewer can pause and quieten their mind, allowing such connections to occur.