Having been working as a painter for over 30 years, I came to glass 8 years ago while exploring materials that would enable me to extend and develop my practice. In particular I wanted to find ways to make work with more conceptual content. The dialogue which occurs between the contemporary and the traditional, art and science which is integral to working with glass is a constant inspiration.
I have undertaken a number of architectural glass commissions in collaboration with artist, Rachel Phillips. These include making 3 stained glass panels for Conwy Castle in North Wales, and an eight panel sandblasted glass screen for sheltered accommodation for the Family Housing Association in Crymych.
In 2012 I won the international Warm Glass Prize and in 2013 I won the Adrian Henri poetry in Art Prize for my sculpture, 'Her House is Air'.
For the past year I have been developing new work based on my residency at Skokholm Island Bird Observatory in Wales. The residency, which I entitled ‘ob•serve’, was based on examining observation as the basis of scientific and artistic research and seeing what I could learn from scientific methodologies.
My aim for this project was to focus my practice, I wanted to find ways in which I could develop new work that used my knowledge and skills as a painter and my passion for colour, and gave expression to the conceptual ideas which concern me. I am aiming to find ways to bring my work in paint and glass together.
This is work in progress, since leaving the island in September I have been developing oil paintings based on colour which I have “extracted” from the landscape, flora and fauna of the island. I am now ready to take this work forward into glass.
In addition, I am currently working on new work in cast glass for Narberth Museum, this work is commissioned by The Contemporary Art Society, Wales.