My work is based on an intimate observation and response to my surroundings, memories and more recently connecting the present with the past. Working from my studio in rural North Yorkshire I am immersed in the environment and inspired by how I feel connected to the land. This may take the form of intimate insights into the larger landscape, by working from life and creating images based on my experience of sometimes seemingly tiny observations.
Recent yearly visits to Southern Ireland to retrace the footsteps of my grandmother have inspired an on-going body of work. It is important for me to actually be back in Ireland, to walk down the lanes, making new discoveries, feeling the connectivity of the past to the present and to work in situ before developing my ideas back in my studio. Drawing is a very important aspect of my work and etching plates are sometimes taken out into the countryside to be drawn on. As a printmaker, working mainly with copperplate etching, I often work in layers, enjoying the physical, material properties of the medium working in harmony with the ideas. The processes of making a plate always excite me and the challenging printmaking processes never lose their seduction. I use both copper and zinc plates in my practice but I am also experimenting with new methods, embracing the possibilities that they offer. Currently Artist in Residence at Plumpton Rocks, working on a series of etchings and drawings.