My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
Multi-disciplinary artist and designer, with a strong interest and passion for the role of critical thinking in education and creativity practice. Originally an oil and acrylic painter I became interested in the evolution of painting and explored Digital Painting at postgraduate level in London, earning an Masters degree with distinction, including the highest grade of 95% across all MAs for my research paper. I learned and developed my practice at that time in association with other artists. The result was the evolution of a form of painting which is identifiable specifically as ‘digital painterly’, using mainly text to create pressure-sensitive brushes and paintings on screen, and in print. In recent years, my focus has become more design oriented and my interest in Landscape Architecture has been reignited. I enjoy the spatial aspect of Art and design with plants, and how the natural world can inspire Art.
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
- Masters Degree with Distinction, Fine Arts, Camberwell College, UAL, London - As/Distinction throughout school and University in Art.
- BA Landscape Architecture, University Central England.
- Specialising for five years as Heritage Landscape Architect, with experience of design and installation of all aspects of landscape/gardening work.
- Exhibited at inaugural World Art Games for New Zealand in Croatia, New Zealand Art Show in Wellington as well as venues and locations in London and Otago.
- Most recently shortlisted for public Ara Toi arts and Te Ao Tūroa Art and Landscape restoration project - Ross Creek Reservoir, Dunedin.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
- Creative parenting experience as the father of two awesome kids (references from them available on request).
- Author of a 5-star reviewed guidance book for distance parents.
- Teacher of high school students, teaching English as a foreign language in Europe.
- Caretaker (part-time) of a Primary School - leading changes in Landscape use and design at the school with initiatives aimed at promoting interest in healthy food and nature.
- Working with the children in morning and afternoon slots, a hands-on session where the children work together to learn how to look after our plants and the ecosystem they support.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
I love creating positive experiences for the children at our school and I hope to bring about changes that will increase and improve the children’s experience and understanding of Art, creativity and healthy eating. I hope that the work we achieve at our school will help other schools in the area and maybe other parts of the country. I find it difficult to sustain an Art career and so I also hope the Creatives in Schools programme will enable me to spend more time doing what I love to do.