I have a PhD in Art History and since late 2015 have held a research-only post at The Arts University Bournemouth where I am Professor of Art History. Prior to this I was employed in a variety of senior lecturer posts within the University, delivering to a wide range of creative degrees, and since 2000 leading the theory input on the University’s BA (Hons) Fine Art.
I took my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as a mature student at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have extensive experience of teaching at degree level, including distance learning tutoring for the Open University, and have been an OCA tutor and assessor for many years. I am also a landscape painter.
An active researcher, I have published mainly on British sculpture, in academic journals and online with the Getty Research Centre, Los Angeles, and been a regular contributor to national and international conferences in the UK, Europe, India, Russia and the United States. My PhD research was published in 2014 under the title Henry Moore in America: Art, Business and the Special Relationship, supported by a substantial illustrations award from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. It was followed by a commission from Tate Britain to contribute two essays to their 2015 major web publication Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity.
In June 2020 Liverpool University Press published my second book which examines little known British women sculptors working at the end of the nineteenth into the early twentieth centuries, entitled Working against the Grain: British Women Sculptors c1885-1950. I am currently planning a book on West Country ecclesiastical woodcarvers.
I particularly enjoy teaching students who are returning to learning or who maybe are having their first opportunity to experience the great sense of personal satisfaction that comes from degree study, and also the opportunities that it can offer to move into rewarding employment.