I have made my living as an artist for 30 years. Firstly as a painter, in the last twenty years I have moved towards an emotional approach to landscape. I would say that the landscape has become my canvas – I go out and experience the landscape, the weather, absorb the feeling and colour and sound of it, and this feeds back to my work in the studio. Sometimes the influence is fairly immediate, but often it takes a long time, years even, for ideas to germinate and come to fruition in my painting.
I first came to glass 7 years ago with a painter’s desire to move beyond paint. Since then I have become drawn to explore the myriad possibilities that glass offers as a medium to allow me to make work with transmitted light, conceptual content, and work that moves in a poetic space between word and object.
Like my painting, my work with glass is very much underpinned by a fascination with the landscape, both as a visual and a metaphorical stimulus.
I live in Pembrokeshire with my partner and teenage daughter and run a small gallery adjacent to my studio where I sell my work.
I am thrilled to have won the Bullseye Prize in the Warm Glass 2012 Competition for my piece ' Her House is Air'.
I have recently completed a collaborative commission with Rachel Phillips of 3 stained glass windows for Cadw at Conwy Castle in North Wales. In May I will be giving a workshop and a paper about this project to the American Glass Guild Conference in Florida. Thanks to Wales Arts International for supporting this trip.
With the aid of a Research and Development Grant from the Arts Council of Wales I am currently researching new site-specific glass work based on the human shaping of the landscape of north Pembrokeshire. I have just been awarded a Continuing Professional Development Award by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters on Glass.