I work with photography and stained glass, producing my own work in both media as well as teaching at a local college. I am very interested in making connections between photography and glass as both involve capturing and transmitting light in different ways. Consequently there is a degree of cross-over of media in the work I do.
Photographers such as Aaron Siskind and Lewis Baltz have been an inspiration in terms of using photography in unexpected and abstract ways and making references to painting. I also admire the visual ballet of Cartier-Bresson and the formal grandeur of Paul Strand.
My influences for glass range from medieval church windows to the free interpretations of Marc Chagall and Johannes Schreiter. I favour traditional leaded glass using bright modern designs and colours, sometimes using glass paint to illustrate or control the transmission of light.
I am very interested in making connections between photography and glass as both involve capturing and transmitting light in different ways. One of my current preoccupations is printing images onto glass using a silk screen and replacing the ink with glass enamels and oxides. I am interested in the different ways an image is broken up and applied to the glass surface. The choice of glass has a big influence on the final look and feel of the resulting object-image.
As well as working on my own series of work for exhibition, I enjoy working with different clients on commissions ranging from small copper foil (Tiffany-style) panels to large windows for public buildings. Past commissions have included several windows for the college where I teach, front door panels, fan-light panels, and kitchen splash-backs.
I have recently opened a studio in Wivenhoe where I can take on larger commissions as well as offer some glass workshops to small groups…see the Workshops section of this website for current courses and workshops.