I respond to Marion Shoard’s request. In the book ‘Remaking the Landscape’, she makes a call to poets, artists and novelist to celebrate and capture the beauty of the ‘The Edgelands’, areas that many feel are not worthy of any aesthetic appreciation. This interfacial zone between urban and rural is filled with the architecture and character of our time, mere objects necessary for contemporary living, pure naked functionalism.

My interest is a response to the plight of the industry on the river Tees. Recently we have seen the first signs of regeneration with the demolition of the blast furnace and Dorman Long tower. The industry of old disappearing like the ephemeral steam once emitted from its chimneys.
Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Joined the British Army in 1982, serving 22 years and reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 in the Royal Logistics Corps. Now living and working as an artist in Darlington, County Durham.

2011-2012 Master of Arts in Fine Art. Teesside University.
2008-2011 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art. Teesside University
2007-2008 BETEC Foundation in Art & Design. Cleveland College of Art & Design.

Awards & Achievements
2020. Arthur Hughes award for Drawing. DSA
2018. First Prize Calderdale Open Art Exhibition
2017. Prize Winner. Calderdale Open Art Exhibition.
2017. Highly Commended, Teesside Printmaking Prize.
2019, 17, 16, 14, 12, 08. Highly Commended. DSA.
2016. The Laurie Grey Award for Excellence in Painting. DSA.
2016. Members Favourite in Annual Show, DSA.
2015. Arthur Hughes award for Drawing. DSA.
2013. Betty Hyman Award for Excellence in Painting. DSA.
2013. Finalist in the Best of Darlington Awards, Contribution to the Arts.
2012. The Constantine Award, Excellence in exhibition and studio based Fine Art Production
2011. Fiona Mellis Award for Curatorial and Professional Practice. Conferred by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA).
2018, 2011. Digital Art Prize Winner. DSA
2011. Highly Commended. 53 Degrees North Exhibition. Emerging Graduates.
2010. Highly Commended. 53 Degrees North Exhibition. Emerging Graduates.
2008. The Fiona Thompson Award. Runner Up.

Professional Development.
Since 2013. Freelance artist at JMac Studio, Darlington.
Since 2013. Fine Art Print making and Book Arts Technician. Teesside University.
2018/19. Curator, of ‘Beyond Graduation’ Exhibition. Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton.
2019/20. Introduction to Cold Wax & Atmospheric Landscapes in Cold Wax, with Paula Dunn
2019. The Monochrome Landscape, Debbie Loane. Lund Studio
2018. Old Masters painting course. Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art.
2015/16. Visiting Artist at Priory Wood Special Needs School, Middlesbrough (Artist Led Project)
2016/14/12. Book Art course at University of Western England (UWE). With Guy Begbie.
2014. Education and Training 6502 Award Level 4 (PTTLS Teacher Training)
2014/19. Gallery Steward. Palace Hub Gallery. Redcar.
2013. Artist in Residence. Teesside University, Darlington Campus.
2013. Impact 8. International Printmaking Conference. Dundee.
2013. Emerging Curator Programme. Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA). Including the Final Exhibition ‘Terra Incognito’ at ARC, Stockton.

Oct 2019. Production Grant from Creative Factory, Middlesbrough.

2019. Black Path, Artist Book. Foundation Press
2019. Secret Gallery, outdoor Mural.