I am a practicing artist fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the country where I find inspiration for my work. I have been making art for over a decade, going back to art after living abroad and raising a family. I have always had a love of nature and on completing a degree in Fine Art followed by an MA in Art as Environment, an understanding as to why my practice is so rooted within Art and Ecology was transparent. For me, it is about exposing elements of nature that every day go unnoticed, this is at the core of my art practice. I have exhibited nationally and internationally and recently made the decision to open my own art studio on the Wirral where different challenges are being presented. In 2017 I was Artist in Residence at Studio Maelor in Snowdonia, Wales and in 2018 I hope to return to Cape Cornwall, working directly within a remote environment.
After occupying various studios in Liverpool and The Wirral and undertaking private commissions and artist collaborations, I launched ‘apo art’ studio/workshop in May 2016 in West Kirby. It is a bright gallery space where you can watch art being made a stones throw from the stunning Marine Lake on The Dee Estuary. This enables me to showcase unique ART made by myself and also includes pieces made by other local artists. I also hold artist led monthly workshops where no art experience is needed, where you can learn new skill sets within a relaxed creative environment.
Recently I challenged myself to only paint using oils and acrylics, pushing scale and abstraction, putting aside all other materials. This was hard coming from a ‘materials’ background but it has re-energized me to combine different skills, returning to the outdoors working with nature itself. Sourcing materials and sensory inspiration is found locally and often through time spent away. This new direction challenging art (and myself) is what excites me most.
Some of my work remains permanent and other pieces exist briefly within the environment they occupy, depending on the medium used. For me, the landscape is not clearly seen or understood until it has been exposed revealing different layers within a sculpture or through the surface of a painting. I aim to draw attention to hidden elements of a landscape or coastline, hopefully giving people a different view of what surrounds us in timeless landscapes of memory.
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Monthly workshop dates and availabilites are on my website and fb page with Private Commissions welcome.