artist statement

My practice as an artist is rooted in a sense of our evolving relationships within the animate earth. Art, as a reflective interdisciplinary process, is the means through which I investigate and share these relationships. It is one means through which we may enrich our life experience. It is an intimate response to the social and ecological conditions of our age. With a lifelong interest in natural history and a background in graphic design, illustration and painting, I have recently broadened my practice to work with dance artists, woodlanders, conservationists, marine biologists, environmental educators, geologists and geographers to investigate and express a more holistic and responsible perception of the world. I have also facilitated Environmental Art workshops with a variety of ages, both indoors and in the field and worked with youth groups to create murals based on their local ecology.


2010 – 2012 MA Art & Environment, University College Falmouth (SANDRA BLOW AWARD for outstanding achievement)

1986 – 1989 BA (HONS) Graphic Design & Illustration, Bristol Polytechnic

1985 – 1986 Foundation Course, Portsmouth CADFE



Lead Artist, Newport Community School Arts Week, Barnstaple, Devon, 2015

Project Development, SOIL CULTURE 2013-16, CCANW and RANE, South West England, 2011-16

Lead Researcher, The Story of Bideford Black – The Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford, North Devon, 2013

Project coordinator, the value of trees – a participatory event organised for North Devon Biosphere Reserve in association with RANE, University College Falmouth and Beaford Arts, to engage the public with issues surrounding our relationship to trees, Barnstaple Town Square, 2011


GNAP France (Global Nomadic Art Project), Art Underground, YATOO International, Saumur, Loire, France 2017

eARTh North Devon, Studio and Events, Collaboration with Francesca Owen, Ilfracombe, North Devon 2014-17

BESPOKE – collaboration with Freddie Opoku-Addaie (Royal Opera House) and Dance In Devon, 2012


Selected for Shortcourse UK/Cornwall (Cape Farewell) expedition, 2011

QUADRAT site-specific dance art installation and workshop exploring the parallels and potential creative outputs of ecology fieldwork techniques – with Katy Lee (dancer) and Dr Mark Ward (Field Studies Council), Appledore Visual Arts Festival, 2010


painting together, White Moose Gallery, Barnstaple, North Devon, 2015

Tales of the Riverbank, BLACK & WHITE, Bideford, North Devon, 2015

Soil Culture – Dartington Gallery and Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 2015

For the Love of Art, eARTh, Ilfracombe, 2015

Painting with Earth, Sandy Brown Museum, Appledore, North Devon, 2014

One Day in North Devon, MA Art & Environment Field Trip, Skern Lodge Activity Centre, North Devon, 2014

Art in Outdoor Education for NAFSO Annual Conference, Skern Lodge Activity Centre, North Devon, 2014

Soil Culture/Painting with Earth, National Soil Symposium, @ Bristol, 2013

Innovations in Marine Education, Field Studies Council and British Ecological Society, Dale Fort, Pembroke, 2013

A BUNDLE OF STICKS @ The Home & The World Summit, Dartington Hall, 2012

PEBBLE RIDGE a mini-expedition to explore the evolution of a living landmark, Appledore Arts Festival, 2012

Environmental Art Workshops as part of Beaford Arts Education Programme, 2008-13

Painting with the Earth (Earth Pigments in North Devon) with Appledore Arts, The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon, Local Schools in England and Ireland, North Devon AONB and Exmoor NP, 2008-13 

Green Ambassadors Scheme A series of art and environment workshops and mural projects with youth groups in North Devon to explore and represent aspects of the local ecology, developed in collaboration with the Field Studies Council. The project was funded by North Devon AONB, Exmoor NP and the National Lottery, 2008-10


Royal West Academy Annual Open, RWA Bristol, 2017

Greenhill Arts Open, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor 2017

Deep Roots, Soil Culture, Falmouth Art Gallery and Penninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth 2015-16

Breathing Art, Geumgang Nature Art Pre-biennale, South Korea, 2015

Soil Culture @ create, Bristol, 2015

painting together, White Moose Gallery, Barnstaple, North Devon, 2015

Soil Culture – Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, 2015

DIRT DIALOGUES – Integrated Art and Film Program at the 20WCSS, Jeju, Korea, 2014

bir! bir! The Art Yard, Macclesfield, 2014

pots, fish and ships, The Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, North Devon, 2014

The Walking Encyclopedia, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke on Trent, 2014

Soil Culture – a taster, The Innovation Centre, Exeter University, Devon, 2013

BIDEFORD BLACK 5 artists, White Moose Gallery, Barnstaple, North Devon, 2013

Short films shown at CAZ SQUARE EYES events, Cornwall and Istanbul 2012-13

In the Dark Times (Group Show) CMR Gallery, Redruth, Cornwall, 2012

New Visions: Contemporary Painting in an Uncertain World (Group Show), CMR Gallery, Redruth, Cornwall, 2012

HEVVA! HEVVA! Group show at the Eden Project as part of Shortcourse UK (Cape Farewell) expedition, 2012

in the midst of wonders, MA Art & Environment Group Show, The Poly, Falmouth, 2011

Painting with the Earth, solo exhibition, Appledore Visual Arts Festival, North Devon, 2009

3 paintings selected for Royal West Academy autumn exhibition, 2009

expressions of an intimate ecology, solo exhibition, The Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, North Devon, 2008


The Home & The World Symposium, Dartington Hall 2012

The Devonshire Association, Exeter 2013

Falmouth University, MA lectures 2012-13

Ussher Society (Geoscience Southwest) AGM, Bideford 2011

Various talks and presentations to local groups in North Devon 2008-17


Escape to the Country, (5 minute TV article about Bideford Black), BBC 2015

Soil Culture – Bringing the Arts Down to Earth, CCANW, 2016

BBC Radio Devon interviews about Soil Culture and Painting with Earth 2008 & 2016

The Home & the World – A BUNDLE OF STICKS dissertation (online) 2013

BIDEFORD BLACK 5 artists, White Moose Publications, 2013

RANE Yearbook 2011 & 2012

Earth Pigments in North Devon – A Teachers Guide (online resource) 2010

articles: Devon Life 2014, NAFSO Journal 2014, ROCKWATCH (Geology Today Magazine) 2011,

Resurgence (and the Ecologist) Magazine 2009 and 2015

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