Shelter
Shelter

Collage and watercolour on paper, 2022, 33x32cm

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Boulder
Boulder

Collage and watercolour on paper, 2016-22, 25x27.5cm

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Malham Crack
Malham Crack

Collage, 2022, 16.5x19.5cm

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A Victorian View
A Victorian View

Collage on found painting, 2022, 21.5 x 26.5cm

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Huddle (Borders)
Huddle (Borders)

Watercolour and collage on paper, 2013-22, 28x24cm

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Circle Horizon
Circle Horizon

Collage and watercolour on paper, 2022

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collages
Recent studio work
Collages derived from memories of landscape. Several works are available to purchase. Enquire via contact page.

 

When a painting is ‘on hold’, then I might switch to collage, which essentially involves working with found images – quite often a vintage postcard, cut up paintings and colour swatches. The postcards contain memories in a particular way; either from my own visits to places and bought by me as a child or collected as an adult of places that I remember. There is a conversation between the two techniques, and one informs the other.  Both involve a slow process.

Small scale and often richly coloured, these collages initiate a conversation about landscape, memory and human intervention. The materials of their making (found images, painted brush marks and flat colour swatches) construct an abstracted scene; a disrupted view, suggestive of stasis but also moving through. Often worked on vintage postcards, two or three hard-edged, geometric elements are introduced which generate a kind of narrative. They might have their origin in my noticing a bright pink wrapped hay bale in a field or a red brick wall in front of some trees. The shapes enter like characters on a stage, playing out in front of a landscape backdrop. The works are small, simple and can look effortless, but take time to resolve. Compositional balance and visual pleasure, engaging eye and imagination.