My practice is rooted in traditional representation and methods, but I constantly challenge my understanding of “painting” and explore ways paint can represent effects such as light, time, movement and climate. I use the marks available to me as economically as possible, distilling the image / feeling / moment into what is necessary, so that through objective representation there is enough room for subjective interpretation. 

Having grown up in rural Devon, I have always been interested in landscape and the environment. My traditional university training in Aberystwyth nurtured this interest and also led me to explore life drawing and portraiture. After continuing my studies to complete an MA in Fine Art in Wimbledon, I taught life drawing and painting in Brighton and London. In 2016 I returned to Devon, where I now live and work.

Education

2008 – 2009MA, Wimbledon College of Art
2008Summer Studio, Cyprus College of Art, Lemba, Cyprus
2005 – 2008BA hons, School of Art, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
1996 – 2005West Buckland School, West Buckland, Devon

Exhibitions

Solo

2019Claremont Antiques and Fine Art
2019Will’s Art Warehouse, Putney
2017Claremont Antiques and Fine Art
2015‘Natural Perspective’, Albion Gallery, Chipping Norton
2012The Appledore Gallery, Devon
2011Banbury’s, Tiverton, Devon
2011The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2011The Archway Gallery, Wellington School, Somerset
2011Brighton Media Centre, East Sussex
2010Hester Berry: Landscapes, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2010Horizons, West Buckland School, Devon
2009‘It’s All Up In The Air’, Gallery 118, Notting Hill, London

Group

2019Penwith Gallery, St. Ives
2018New Street Gallery, Plymouth
2018The Cheshire Art Gallery, Bramhall
2017 – 2018Will’s Art Warhouse, Putney
2017 – 2018Studio56, Plymouth
2017 – 2018The Harbour Gallery, Portscatho
2016Tighnabruaich Gallery, Argyll
2016The East Sussex Open, The Towner, Eastbourne
2016Westward Ho! And Bideford Art Society 84th Summer Exhibition Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon
201640th Anniversary Retrospective, The Oxmarket, Chichester
2016Claremont Antiques and Modern Art
2015The End of Coal : A Vision of the Future ArtCOP21: Cultural Programme for Paris Climate 2015
2015A Space Between, Stone Space, Leytonstone
2015Stride Open, Oxmarket, Chichester
2015‘Project AfterBirth’, White Moose, Barnstaple
2015‘Ten’, White Moose, Barnstaple
2015‘Forces of Nature’, Store Street Gallery, London
2015Chelsea Art Fair
2014WCA Reunion, Galeria Metamorfose, Porto
2014The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2014Stark Gallery, Canterbury
2014The Cambridge City Art Fair
2014Bristol Affordable Art Fair
2014Delamore Arts, Dartmoor
2014Westward Ho! And Bideford Art Society 91st Summer Exhibition Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon
2014Albion Gallery, Chipping Norton
2014Store Street Gallery, London
2013161st Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2013The Albany Gallery, Cardiff
2013Russel Gallery, Putney
2013Down To The Bone, ONCA, Brighton
2013Open Spaces, Mottisfont Abbey, Nr Romsey
2013Bell Fine Art, Winchester
2013Attic Gallery, Swansea
2012Dark Clouds, Worcester City Art Gallery
2012Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead
2012Gallery One, Grayshott
2012Hop Open Exhibition 2012, Hop Gallery, Lewes, Sussex
2012FEAT, Rottingdean Windmill, Sussex
2012Westward Ho! And Bideford Art Society 89th Summer Exhibition Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon
2012Brighton Fringe Festival
2011H is for…. Harley Gallery Open, Workshop
2011Young Artists Award 2011, the Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2011Artsdepot Open, Artsdepot, North Finchley, London
2011Hop Open Exhibition 2011, Hop Gallery, Lewes, Sussex
2010Outlook – an exhibition to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research
2010Westward Ho! And Bideford Art Society 88th Summer Exhibition Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon
2010Festival of Nature, The Bristol Gallery, Bristol
2009Deutsche Postbank Summer Exhibition, London
2009MA Show, Wimbledon College of Art, London
2009Artsdepot Open, Artsdepot, North Finchley, London
2009‘Intersections’, MA Interim Show 2009, The Nunnery, London
2009New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2009Deutsche Postbank Exhibition, London
2008Elizabeth Finn Care and Macmillan Cancer Support Art Exhibition for Young Artists, Hallsannery, Devon
2008Celebration Exhibition, 150th Anniversary of West Buckland School, Devon
2008Appledore Gallery, Appledore, Devon
2008Westward Ho! And Bideford Art Society 86th Summer Exhibition Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon
2008Degree show, Aberystwyth University
2008Boundary Gallery, London
2008Oriel Dafydd Hardy, Caernarfon
2008Student Art Society 2007/08, UWA, Morlan Centre, Aberystwyth
2007Exhibition for Open Competition, Art Matters, Tenby, Pembrokeshire
2007Westward Ho! And Bideford Art Society 85th Summer Exhibition Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon
2007Student Art Society 2006/07, UWA, at Cambria Arts, Tregaron, Wales
2006Westward Ho! And Bideford Art Society 84th Summer Exhibition Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon

Awards

Shortlisted

2015Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year
2014Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year
2014The BP Portrait Award

Awarded

2019 Westward Ho! And Bideford Art Society Ken Doughty Prize
2015The Stride Open, The Stride Cup
2014Westward Ho! And Bideford Art Society Ken Doughty Prize
2011The Biscuit Factory Foundation, People’s Choice Young Artist of the Year 2011
2008Geoffrey Crawshay Memorial Travelling Scholarship

Residencies

2018The Fisherman’s Hut, Artist in Residence, Portscatho
2016National Trust, The Cabin at Bucks Mills Artist in Residence

Teaching

2020Truro Arts Company
2016 – 2019White Moose Gallery, Barnstaple
2014 – 2016Camden Arts Centre
2012Art and Sustainability workshop, The Drive Prep School, Hove
2011 –Draw, the Brighton Life Drawing Sessions, Brighton
2011 – 2012Egghouse Art, Teaching Assistant, Brighton
2010Art and sustainability workshop, The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2010Art classes for patients with severe mental illness, Weston Rd, Guildford
2009 – 2010Art Classes, Guildford Action, Drop-in Centre, Surrey