What is your practice? materials? processes?
I am a painter working with a wide range of materials. My painting is mainly oil on canvas, but I also produce watercolours, large scale drawings, printmaking and mixed media collages. Most recently I have written and illustrated a children’s picturebook, which has been published by the Manchester Museum.
What 5 words best describe your work?
Figurative, narrative, playful, theatrical, memorable.
Do you have any design heroes?
Artists that have inspired me include Paula Rego, Bonnard, Matisse, Rothko, Sean Scully, Cy Twombly. William Kentridge, Ken Kiff to name a few….
Where is your studio? Pictures?
I am a founder member of Rogue Artists Studio, which was set up in 1995. It is a great studio in the centre of Manchester, behind Piccadilly Station. It now houses over 90 artists in one mill, across three floors. My space overlooks the canal basin, where I watch the geese herons, and ducks play around on the water, a major distraction from doing work! I mainly paint and draw in the studio which is often littered with bits of coloured paper for collages. I have a print press for printmaking which I should use more often…. I do most of my illustration work at home.
Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Coffee, music, painting, drawing, Coffee, sudoku, more drawing, more coffee.
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?
I am trying to get my second book together but other work keeps getting in the way. I am currently visiting Primary and Secondary schools doing illustration workshops based on my first book.
What are you selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new?
I will be selling limited edition prints, some watercolours, copies of my children’s book – The Boy Who Really Really Really Loves Lizards – as well as greetings cards. There may be some penguins around somewhere too…