Moving from the moors and coast of North Yorkshire to the dramatic, rugged hills and valleys of West Yorkshire resulted in a huge change in direction – in more ways than one.
Working from a new studio in Slaithwaite the ideas in a new series of paintings have been influenced by my local surroundings. Mills and chimneys dominate the skyline serving as a reminder of things past and the regions textile history. Canals, craggy moorlands and severe weather add to the drama and atmosphere. The tactile surface of these small block paintings with collage, embedded threads, fabrics, brick dust, sand and rust, sometimes beneath burnt layers, is there to remind us of the demolition and destruction of historic local buildings and industry as well as the rugged beauty of the local landscape.
These works can be shown free standing or wall hung and are also available on a larger scale.