My work is influenced by Magic Realism and explores the fragmentary, veiled and sometimes edited nature of memory.  I create drawings and paintings of the places I've travelled and lived. Exploring the idea of belonging and exile, my intention is to capture specific, personal experiences and spaces, from my childhood spent on the Welsh West coast and more recent experiences and encounters as a sailor and as an itinerant. I am fascinated by the way the spatial sense of memory contracts and expands under duress or in moments of great ecstasy and freedom. My work investigates different ways that memory can be contained or can spill out in unexpected ways.

The multi disciplined journeying between different mediums helps me construct an image, so  I try to keep my approach reflexive: recognising and projecting my own lived experience of the Uncanny upon figures in paintings, literature and film, constructing models and theatre sets that help me inhabit and draw from different perspectives, and also by drawing directly from life.  I find that a tangible sense of narrative and space begins to unfold during this haptic process.

Hummingbird Boatyard South Carolina

Hummingbird Boatyard South Carolina

 

EXHIBITIONS

National Park Visitor Centre, Trawsfynydd, Wales, 2016

Map Tout, Atom Gallery, London, 2015

Renegade, London, 2015

The Greatest Little Art Show in E17, 2015

Walden Studios, E17 Art trail, 2015

Spring Exhibition, Oriel y Môr, Pwllheli 2015

Y Mabinogi, Group Exhibition, Aberystwyth Arts Centre 2015

Bookish, E17 Art Trail Walthamstow 2015

Oh Comely's Pop-up - 'Work-shop' 2015

.... a chrefft, National Eisteddfod 2014

Winter Open - Queens Hall Gallery, Narberth 2014

100 Cats, A-side B-side Gallery, London 2014

Drawing Open, Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth 2014

Siani Pobman, Group exhibition, Aberystwyth Arts Centre 2013

Postcards from Europe, 2011

Back to Common Earth Again, Open Exhibition, Moma Wales 2009

Celebrating the Sea, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries, London 2007

Wales Drawing Biennale, Touring Exhibition 2006

 

SKILLS

Teaching, Aberystwyth College Art Department - visiting practitioner -  workshops - 2007 - 2013

Sailing, Ongoing position of first mate on SV Sandpiper - a sailing yacht I have helped restore in DIY boatyards and sail down the east coast of the US to Cuba and Mexico.  I have also crewed on yacht deliveries in the Caribbean, Ireland and the USA.

Illustration, Working as an illustrator for publishers, companies and private clients - including Penguin, Random House and The Folio Society.

Design, From 2010-2012 I worked at The Welsh Books Council as a bilingual graphic designer, assisting in the design of the Welsh Books Council’s internal publications and designing book covers and their visual content. Since then I have worked on a number of freelance design projects.

EDUCATION

Royal Drawing School - The Drawing Year, London - 2016 - 2017

BA Hons Illustration and Animation, 1:0, Kingston University -  2002 - 2005

AWARDS

Oppenheim John Downes Award, 2016

Kingston Drawing Prize - second prize, 2004

RESIDENCIES

Borgo Pignano -

Drawing Year Field Trip, Tuscany, 2017

Wedmore School, Somerset, 2011

week-long workshop, teaching stop-motion animation for the closing credits of When I Close My Eyes, Super 8 film by under 12s

PUBLICATIONS

E-list - 2015

Qrator launch magazine - 2015

Design Juices featured artist - 2015

Oh Comely Magazine - 2014

Amelia Magazine - TWWDNU - 2014

The Foodie Bugle - 2012