A “Called” Artist
I believe my purpose is to reveal and express beauty and truth through art and music. As well as painting and drawing, I compose piano music and write songs. These two art forms constantly fuel and complement each other. To me, artistic and musical gifts are sacred and intended to be cherished, nurtured and developed in a life-giving way, not selfishly but as a way of exploring what it means to be human and experiencing moments of profound resonance with other people.
In April 2023 I started painting 9 gigantic murals for Liverpool City Council, in partnership with Dot-Art, to improve the environment for residents in the neighbourhood of Kirkdale, Liverpool.
This is my first really big public art project, featuring giant flowers, poetry and 2-D gardens.
If you want to be kept in the loop about these flower murals and to give words of support, please subscribe to my Substack newsletter - a bi-monthly newsletter specifically for this project.
OPEN: Wigan and Leigh Turnpike Gallery, 28th January - 18th March 2023
My painting “Harmonious Tree” was voted as The People’s Choice award!
“Sunrise/Sunset”: 25th March – 21st May 2022
hosted and curated by Dot-Art gallery, Castle Street, Liverpool
“Out of the Darkness”: 16th April – 5th June 2021
A joint exhibition with artist Haylea Archer, hosted and curated by Dot-Art gallery, Castle Street, Liverpool
This exhibition featured my large cosmic oil paintings inspired by nebulas.
View the paintings and listen to my 5 minute artist’s talk here.
Read a question and answer interview about my artistic process and inspiration:
Here I answer questions about the materials I use, my style, process and career in art.
Like my Facebook page to interact with me. You can participate in my various musings, reflect upon quotes about art/music and ponder my “thoughts of the day”. You can comment on works in progress, be the first to know about new projects and even help me give titles to new paintings!
I’m a qualified teacher, but first of all someone who loves learning and discovering new things (and new aspects of things I thought I knew!). I enjoy spending time interacting with other people who also want to learn, share and explore. Being a teacher forces me to articulate concepts in multiple ways, to listen well, and to understand things more deeply. I love connecting with people through art.
To find out more about my approach to teaching art, please read this article.
I write and lead art courses at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, and at the Reader, Calderstones, through Liverpool-based art organisation Dot-Art. In 2023 I will not be teaching these because of my commitments to the Flower Streets Murals.
WEEKLY ART COURSE: Painting for Pleasure
An acrylic painting class with a varying theme and skill focus
Held on Wednesdays, 1-3pm at the Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, West Lancashire