January 2021

Last year was certainly a challenge.

Fortunately I started the year with a glorious month as artist in residence at Oriel y Parc, St David’s Wales.

Retuning to Sussex I was excited by the prospect of showing ‘Embodied Land’ at the Rye Gallery in March. The work was a culmination of my time spent as artist in residence in New Zealand in 2019 and my time in Wales over the following year.

However the exhibition had to be postponed as lockdown came into force..

But once we came out of lockdown the Rye Gallery re-opened with Embodied Land as its main event! I was delighted by the wonderful response and despite the restrictions still in place the gallery was able to keep the exhibition until mid September.

I am hoping my postponed residency in Ireland will happen this September and my return to New Zealand will be possible within the next year.

I will return to Pembrokeshire as soon as it is allowed, to spend at least two months back on the cliff edge!

And I will most definitely find a way to continue to work within the land, responding to the sounds and energy of the sea and weather around me.


2020 virtual exhibition

Well as it turns out my exhibition Embodied Land was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However i’ve managed to set up a virtual exhibition.

-The exhibition has now closed-


News for the coming year 2020

I am excited to have been invited to spend all January as Artist in Residence at the Oriel y Parc centre in St Davids. Pembrokeshire, home of the National Museum of Wales and where some of the Graham Sutherland Collection is housed.
It will be wonderful to have the opportunity to sit working out on the Pembrokeshire cliff edges for a month, with a warm dry studio to retreat to.

In April 2020 I will be showing work at the Rye Art Gallery. “Embodied Land’ is a solo show of work initiated during my artist residency in New Zealand, earlier in the year. Since my return to the UK I have visited Pembrokeshire twice to continue the development of an ongoing two year project.

In September 2020 I will be travelling to Ireland,I am privileged to have been granted a residency at the Cill Rialiag artists retreat where I will be staying in a stone cottage on a cliff edge at the most western point in Europe.

In early 2021 I will return to new Zealand where I have been invited to spend another month as an artist in residence with the wonderful Earthskin Trust.



EARTHSKIN Creative residency (Piha site).

My residency took place in February 2019




New work will be shown at the Thompson Spare Gallery from June 7th-July 5th.

This is an exciting new gallery and I am delighted to have been invited to have a solo show there.

The title of the show is ‘Land’ and will include my most recent paintings, drawings and monotypes, a continuation of my relationship with the land of Wales and Sussex.

Thompson Spare Art is at 52 High Street, Tunbridge Wells Kent TN11XF. The gallery is only a 5 min walk from Tunbridge Wells Station.They are open from 9-5 Monday to Saturday.

I will also be opening my studio as part of the Stables Open Studios for the weekend of June 30th and July 1st. 11am-6pm.

I will have unmounted drawings and prints and a few framed pieces for sale.

Our Open studios are a great social event with food and drink served by Graze and hopefully a sunny day to sit out and enjoy the Country Park.
Our address is Fairlight Place Farm, Barley Lane Hastings TN35 5DT.
Hope to see you there.

My work can also be found at the Rye Art Gallery. 107 High Street Rye. TN317JE


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