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I am an artist living and working in Wales. I trained in Fine Art at UCW, Aberystwyth, where I graduated in 1981 with a BA (Hons). Since then I have developed my practice and exhibited widely, I have shown work at Adam Gallery in Bath, New Academy Gallery in London, Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff and Elysium Gallery in Swansea. I currently show work in my own studio gallery in Pembrokeshire.

My work is inspired by ‘place’, be that the ever-changing light, the textures and colours of the landscape around me, or the rich archaeological and social history that informs and shapes that landscape. I am currently exhibiting at Oriel y Parc in St Davids in a show called ‘ob•serve – colours of an island’ which consists of new work in paint, photography and glass for my project ob•serve. This work is based on a residency I undertook in 2015 at Skokholm Island Bird Observatory off the coast of Pembrokeshire. My aim in this work is to examine observation as the basis of scientific and artistic enquiry. The project is supported by a Project Grant from the Arts Council of Wales.

My project, ob•serve has been a period of development for my work, a time to throw my work up in the air and see where it lands, a time to reflect and explore and is seeing a return to oil paint after an intense period working with glass.

I came to glass as a painter looking for ways to work with transmitted, as well as reflected, light. For the past eight years I have been exploring glass as a medium. In recent years I have become increasingly interested in exploring in my work the ways in which objects and artwork serves to link us to others and to the past, both personal and historic. In 2012 I completed a major glass commission for Conwy Castle in North Wales, this project was a collaboration with glass painter, Rachel Phillips. In 2012 I won the international Warm Glass Prize and in 2013 I won the Adrian Henri poetry in Art Prize for my sculpture, ‘Her House is Air’. In 2016 I was commissioned by Contemporary Art Society Wales to make a glass sculpture for Narberth Museum.