I have made my living as an artist for 30 years. Firstly as a painter, in the last twenty years I have moved towards an emotional approach to landscape. I would say that the landscape has become my canvas – I go out and experience the landscape, the weather, absorb the feeling and colour and sound of it, and this feeds back to my work in the studio. Sometimes the influence is fairly immediate, but often it takes a long time, years even, for ideas to germinate and come to fruition in my painting.
I first came to glass 7 years ago with a painter’s desire to move beyond paint. Since then I have become drawn to explore the myriad possibilities that glass offers as a medium to allow me to make work with transmitted light, conceptual content, and work that moves in a poetic space between word and object.
Like my painting, my work with glass is very much underpinned by a fascination with the landscape, both as a visual and a metaphorical stimulus.
I live in Pembrokeshire with my partner and teenage daughter.
I came to glass as a painter looking for ways to work with transmitted, as well as reflected, light. For the past seven years I have been exploring glass as a medium. In recent years I have become increasingly interested in exploring in my work the ways in which objects and artwork serves to link us to others and to the past, both personal and historic. In 2012 I completed a major glass commission for Conwy Castle in North Wales, this project was a collaboration with glass painter, Rachel Phillips. 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'. In collaboration with Rachel Phillips, I have recently completed a sandblasted glass commission for sheltered accommodation for the Family Housing Association in Crymych.