I have not formally studied art but I have sought out training and experience through various short courses and guidance from experienced artists.
- Drawing – I strongly believe in drawing as a vital creative skill to be continuously developed and have regularly attended life drawing sessions in Sheffield for the last 25 years.
- Clay figure and Portrait Sculpture – several short courses at Yorkshire Art Space and KIAC, 2011 to 2014
- Stone Masonry and Carving - Short courses in masonry skills and carving at the Orton Trust, Northamptonshire, 2006/2007.
- Stone Carving Courses at the National Stone Centre. Wirksworth, Derbyshire, 2001/2
- Post Graduate Diploma – Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Bell College, Hamilton, Strathclyde – 1992/3
- BSc (Hons) Materials Science – Sheffield University, 1983-5
- KIAC Group show, Gage Gallery, Ball Street Sheffield March 2017
- KIAC Group show, Gage Gallery, Ball Street Sheffield June 2016
- Art in the Garden, Botanical Gardens Sheffield, each September 2015-2017
- Wirksworth Arts Festival September 2010
- Grey to Green – Sheffield City Council, relief carved stone panels for regeneration project, West Bar Sheffield - installed January 2016
- Sprotbrough Fish Pass Sculpture – Environment Agency, deep relief carving on limestone boulder to mark construction of a fish pass at Sprotbrough Weir, Doncaster - installed July 2015
- Road Not Taken – Beth’s poetry trail, lines from Robert Frost’s poem cut into boulder on The Park, Belper, Derbyshire - March 2011
- Stretfield Mill - lettering in mill stone, Bradwell, Derbyshire September 2010
- Relief Carving and lettering - in situ for private garden, Brough, Derbyshire, July 2009
- Private collections in Sheffield and Derbyshire
Other Relevant Work
I am employed as a project manager with the Environment Agency I have worked on many environmental projects which informs my view and approach to the landscape and natural environment. This work has included river restoration projects to reinstate natural features allowing the rivers to follow a more natural course and the creation of river and wetland habitats. Water leaching through abandoned coal workings can carry high concentrations of iron, when it reaches the surface it is oxidised and deposited on the bed of streams as iron oxide – ochre. I have worked on projects to treat the mine drainage before it is deposited in the rivers, where it would coat the bed and kill the invertebrate life which lives there. The thick ochrous sludge with its vivid colour fascinated me and I began making use of it in drawings.
Restoration of stonework with Rivelin Masonry at Pitsmoor Toll Cottage, Sheffield – May to July 2007