I am a cross-disciplinary artist, working for OCA since 2008 on various modules including Photography, Printmaking, Drawing, Painting and Art History. I am also a Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Contemporary Photographic Arts degree at Batley School of Art.
After studying A-levels in printmaking, art and photography (traditional and digital) at college, I entered into a career of 19 years working for the media, including nine years working from home monitoring local radio and television stations, so I can understand the importance of being self-motivated whilst striving to meet strict deadlines. I then moved on to work for the Press Association at its Northern Headquarters in Howden, East Riding of Yorkshire and worked in the Copytaking department as a Copy Co-ordinator, working with reporters and press photographers, training staff and liaising with Editors of national newspapers. The shifts were sometimes long and unsociable, however, a very exciting company to work for nevertheless.
Based on what I had learnt and developed during my time at P.A. I decided to change my career into teaching and returned to university as a mature student, studying BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture) at Bretton Hall situated within the Yorkshire Sculpture Park where I was inspired by contemporary artists including Brit Artists who were hitting the headlines at the time regarding their installation work. My own work was influenced by unsolved local murders and missing people which I had encountered whilst monitoring the news, culminating in an exhibition at Longsides Gallery with an installation room which was ‘frozen in time’.
After completing my degree and due to my love of photography and printmaking resurfacing, I decided to specialise in this subject area and applied to study an MA in Printmaking at Bradford College with a focus on photographic silk screen printing, photo etching and hand-made books. The emphasis was on exhibiting and I held several collaborative exhibitions at South Square Gallery, Bradford and Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax including an international exhibition in the Czech Republic. My work continued to draw influence from mass media and in particular dark, satirical stories and celebrity culture. Towards the end of my MA, I developed a love of combining famous paintings of the past merged with digital photographic self-portraits in the form of photographic silk screen prints.
I completed my studies to date with a PGCE in Art & Design at the University of Huddersfield and trained at York College where I was subsequently offered work teaching A-Level Photography part-time. On my final day of studies, I was offered a permanent, full-time position teaching on the degree programmes at Batley School of Art.