Born on the Wirral, family holidays we had were spent in North Wales. I’ve been returning here all my life completely drawn to the place but never really understanding why. It’s always held a very special place in my heart.
I loved art as a child, spending hours drawing and painting and it was one of the few subjects that held my interest all the way through school.
Appreciating art came from my grandfather who took me to galleries as a child and who I am enternally grateful to for this.
I lacked confidence as a young person, it took me a long time before I would consider entering eduction as an artist. I was 44 before I got my degree in 2011.
In 2012 we opened our first Dylan’s restaurant in Menai Bridge and in 2013 Menai Bridge, Anglesey became my permananet home.
I never envisaged that the restaurant could become a platform for me to become a practising artist but it has. There is a mutually beneficial relationship between my practice and the restaurant. One informs the other and I approach both with the same rigour and professionalism whilst trying to remain open and explorative.
There are several threads that reappear in my work. Exploring materials and what they can do; identity and the idea of the self often explored through my use of photograhs. My relationship with North Wales and the sense of place. I have an ancestorial connection and can trace my family on Anglesey as far back as the early 1800’s. I have a nostalgic connection with many holidays and day trips being spent here. Now it is my home. I like to explore all these different relationships and see how they fit together.
My website shows both my self directed work and the work I have done for the restaurants.
Thanks for looking.