Most, if not all, of my pieces are portraits in some way. I'm fascinated by the way in which we see ourselves in other animals, often using them to represent different qualities, both good and bad, and I enjoy playing around with this.
I often draw on folklore and fairy tales; stories such as Mr Fox, an English variant of the Bluebeard story, and the tales of Skriker, the ghostly black dog, said to roam Lancashire lanes as a harbinger of death - known in other areas of the UK by different names, Barghest or Black Shuck for instance.
I'm drawn to the uncanny, that combination of the familiar with the fantastical, and by using old tins - former repositories of biscuits, tea bags, odds and ends - to 'house' the sculptures I create, I hope to enhance this quality in my work. I also love the marks of age and use that the tins bear. I don't attempt to clean up or disguise these as they tell a story.
Originally from South Lakes I now live and work in Warton, Lancashire and am a member of the South Lakes Artists Cooperative, Green Door Artists. My work is held in private collections in the UK and abroad.