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 recently completed Gruel, a piece cast from Narberth Workhouse ladle. This was a commission for The Contemporary Art Society for Wales to make work in response to the museum collection.
My exhibition ob•serve - colours of an island represents 18months work based on my residency at Skokholm Island Bird Observatory in Wales. The residency, 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. The work is predominantly painting, with four laminated and fused glass pieces which represent the next phase of my research - exploring how to develop these painterly concerns in glass.
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'.