I am a poet, artist, ceramicist and photographer. But most of all I am a romantic! I use my work to reflect inspiration and memory, representing these in a tangible form (poetry overlaid onto images, glass and ceramics) that can then be a touchstone – a physical reminder of the precious moments we all encounter on our life’s journey. These moments are too rare, and special, not to be remembered and marked in some way and my work creates beautiful art that can do just that.
Trained originally as a Zoologist, and a life long artist, I have now added photographic distinctions from both the Irish Photographic Federation and the Royal Photographic Society to my qualifications. I use my understanding of the natural world to underpin much of my work.
I have published two books in my own right – “Voice of the Soul” and “The 2016 Collection”, and have collaborated with Colin Ross to published a further three works – “Africa”, “Scotland” and “Ancient Earth”. Since 2008, I have exhibited jointly with Colin at the Linenhall Library in Belfast, Clothworthy House in Antrim and at the Long Gallery at the North Down Heritage Centre. I held my first solo exhibition in 2015 in the Community Gallery at the North Down Museum, which is when I officially launched Nomads and Driftwood.
In 2016 I was selected with eleven other artist’s to promote the work of the Copeland Bird Observatory through an exhibition of our art, later shown at three venues in Northern Ireland during the summer. I have been accepted as a member of the Creative Peninsula in North Down and Ards and the summer 2016 Creative Peninsula festival showcased my work at two of their exhibitions. My work has also been selected for an exhibition of poetry at the Blackberry Path Gallery as part of the Aspects Festival 2016.