I come from the North East of England. I was born in South Shields and grew up in Sunderland.
I have always painted whatever else I was doing. My first degree was in Agricultural Zoology at Leeds University, the study of pests and parasites injurious to humans and their interests. The study of Zoology involved an awful lot of drawing starting at the fairly formless blob end of the animal kingdom and ending up with the skeletons of mammals. A good apprenticeship in accurate drawing at speed I always thought. Following this I decided to do a PhD and keeping everything decidedly visual, spent the next three years using light and electron microscopes to investigate Schistosoma mansoni. This is a flatworm that causes the disease Schistosomiasis or Bilharzia and we were exposing the infective stage to radiation in an attempt to produce a vaccine. I spent many months observing these worms, counting them and photographing them in situ.
Following this I had come to the conclusion that the most efficient way to control schistosomiasis might not be a complex vaccine, but rather efficient disposal of human waste preventing the infective stages reaching the water supply. And this would involve education and development in the countries affected. So I became a teacher and went off to Zimbabwe to teach Biology.
I've been a teacher ever since, but decided to take my art to the next level by attending night school art classes for a couple of years. On moving to New Zealand I was fortunate to be asked to join the Art Upstairs gallery and with their encouragement exhibited in Kerikeri and at the annual Matariki exhibition.
It seems to me that painting is an extension of my interests as a Biologist. Both activites involve close obsevation and appreciation of natural forms around us.
Since returning to the UK I have joined EDAN - the East Durham Artists Network and have exhibited at their Courtyard Gallery in Seaham
I've had work in the 'Punk my Church' Exhibition at the Sanctuary Artspace at Gateshead during Christmas 2011
In February 2012 I have a solo exhibtion at the Botanic Garden in Durham