High Ashgill

The studio is accommodated in the barn of High Ashgill, a converted hill farm near the top of the South Tyne Valley, Alston Moor, Cumbria.

The barn is being re-furbished (slowly) using traditional techniques and materials where possible, and preserving the marks of previous users. It was once used as a lead-miners' shop - a place where they would keep and maintain their tools and where they would eat and sleep.

'Spring Yearning 2008'
Installation in the barn

For small painting and warmth I have lined the attached milking parlour with boarding and insulation. This is also where I keep my computers, away from the damp and condensation which are prominent features at an altitude of 1,500 feet.

Larger work is done in the open area of the barn . This is also the Wonderbase.

The studio is a place for exploring ideas, themes and materials.