1989 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Cheltenham School of Art
1989 Work on a farm in Aberystwyth
1990 Move to Antigua. Work at a kennels before attempting 4 months self-sufficiency.
1991 Sail to Spain on a 30 foot yacht, spending 3 months at sea.
1991/92 Work on farms in Holland before returning to Britain
1993 Set up studio in Leeds equipped for etching. Start Contemporary Dance Course.
1995/96 Complete MA Fine Art, Leeds University
1996-97 Travel through Spain working on a commission to illustrate an erotic thriller 'Angel' which is published as a limited edition silk bound book and exhibited at the Eagle Gallery, London
1997-00 Return to Leeds and work in a foundry. Become regular illustrator for the 'Erotic Review'.
2000 - Present. Work part time with Adults with Learning Disabilities.
2005 Marry. Exhibit annually at the Leeds Art Fair
2007 Move to Spain to renovate an old house.
2008–2014 Return to Yorkshire. Series of dark paintings and prints about Visionary Journeys, Outsiders, and an on-going Bestiary .
2016 - Move to a peaceful spot near the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and set up a garden studio.
"Although we in the West are largely regarded to be living in secular societies, we remain obsessed with searching for soulful experiences and spiritual sustenance and trying to capture the sense of awe that the religious can still so effortlessly achieve" Mapin Art Gallery (The Sacred and the Profane)
"All pessimistic, nihilistic behaviour and assertion is only intended to create, or to discover hope" Gerhard Richter
I was born on a Pennine farm in 1966, and despite being the black sheep of the family have always felt deeply connected with farming. My formative years, especially as a teenager and young man were restless, though any itinerant tendencies were grounded by farm work. The frequent depiction of animals and an anthropomorphic quality to my work reflects a deep connection between animal and human worlds.
Making Art has always been a way to think through experience, and by this I don't mean it is in any way therapeutic (in-fact it's a ball ache), but that my deeper connections and wrangles with life are best explored visually, and as such, much of my work is symbolic of life experiences. The work here is a kind of hallucinatory diary, coming about through necessity and gut response to the world around me, rather than any rational consideration.
2020 Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley
2017 Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds
2010 Courthouse, Otley
2007 ArtCo, Leeds
2006 Design Innovation Centre, Leeds
2006 Art and Design Gallery, Horsforth
2005 Nightingale Gallery, Lotherton Hall
1996 Leeds City Art Gallery
2018 Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
2014 Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
2013 Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
2012 ArtCo, Leeds
2010 Leeds Art Fair, The Light
2005 Tregoning Gallery, Derby
2004 Reubens Gallery,Leeds
Awards and Commissions
2019 Etchings from the "City Fragments' series accepted into the collection of Leeds City Art Gallery as part of their Picture Lending Scheme.
2019 Artist in Residence Cliffe Castle Museum Keighley
2018 Monoprinting demonstration at the Biscuit Factory
2006 Request to produce the Commemorative Print for Leeds Art Fair
1998-2000 Illustrated for the Erotic Review