Rust paintings
The use of steel as a support is a feature of many of my paintings. I first chose rusting steel for the resonance it has with my own childhood memories of the pit villages and cotton towns in Lancashire . Most of my family were miners and the rusting artefacts of their labours can still be readily found on the wastelands that once supported thriving communities. In combining the steel with paint, print, photography, ephemera and household objects, I seek to extend my work beyond the painted canvas. I exploit the process of rust formation, an apt metaphor for the construction and disintegration of recollection, to augment the imagery and to suggest the passage of time.

'I'm a ghost at your table touching poems, in a script I can't read'
Mixed media on rusted steel (2002)
122cm x 92cm. Property of Azienda Agricola Ragazzini Mario, Fontanelice, Italy

'And the hands reach out and catch, one by one the pausing moments'
Mixed media on rusted steel (2001)
122cm x 92cm. Property of The Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine, London
'In shadows of the darksome working man'
Mixed media on rusted steel (2002)
122cm x 92cm. Property of Loredana Ghini Imola, Italy
'The humble tenacity of things, stretched like a skin over meanings'
Mixed media on rusted steel (2001)
122cm x 92cm. Property of The Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine, London
'Darker than love would wish in every feature - I'
Rust and mixed media on paper (2003)
84cm x 65cm. Property of Davide Tolomelli, Bologna, Italy.
'Darker than love would wish in every feature - I'
Rust and mixed media on paper (2003)
84cm x 65cm. Property of Davide Tolomelli, Bologna, Italy.
 
'To come to know the angles of a room, light in a square – artefact I' Mixed media on rusted steel
(2002). 126cm x 61cm. Property of The Museum of Modern Art,
Faenza, Italy.
'To come to know the angles of a room, light in a square–artefact II. Mixed media on rusted steel (2002). Property of Azienda Agricola
Ragazzini Mario, Fontanelice, Italy
  'In the wake of home, a dream of castles dying in the sun'
Mixed media on rusted steel (2002).
100cm x 60cm.
'Sunday Best'
Rust on sheet steel (2001) 182cm x 244cm.
Property of Maglificio Milena Mosele spl., Bologna, Italy.
'Ivana'
Rust and mixed media on steel (2003) 100cm x 67cm.
Property of Ivana Giovannini, Imola, Italy.
'Ever finding and concealing the diversity of feeling in drawers of intimate remembrances'
Mixed media on rusted steel (2002)
135cm x 101cm. Property of Azienda Agricola Ragazzini Mario, Fontanelice, Italy
'Wakes Week'
Mixed media on rusted steel (2001)
'It traces me to each address, dragging in things I never thought about '
Mixed media on rusted steel (2002)
135cm x 94cm. Property of
Marco Bertoni, Bologna, Italy
'Patriarch '
Mixed media on rusted steel (2002)
'The child's soul musters strength where the holes were torn'
Mixed media on rusted steel (2001). 182cm x 244cm.
Purchased by American Express Services Europe Ltd., Brighton.


'Annunciation'
Mixed media on rusted steel (2009). 135cm x 101cm.