I shall be exhibiting my work in the studio on the 15th, 16th and 17th May 11am - 4pm, before I head off to Cornwall.
Expression through paint has been a lifelong passion.
My inspiration is derived from absorbing the elemental effects on the landscape and the glory of terrain itself.
There is always something majestic to be found in our landscape, whether it be those almost transcendental, ethereal summer days or a wild, blustery rugged coastline.
Our landscape resonates deep within me - is my solace in times of need, a constant joy in its ever- changing beauty, a place to always wander, and wonder.
I walk with my dog absorbing the light, the tangled breeze that can whip up from nowhere, the scent of ozone in the coastal air, light dancing on the water. It all weaves together, along with the writings of my favourite wordsmiths, to inspire a passion and love I try and translate via my work.
I prefer not to depict an actual place, but to work instinctively to capture a mood, the essence if you will. A visceral translation of all I see and feel.
Most images are made in several layers, using glazes and texture, applying and removing paint. The paintings evolve organically, intuitively, and are an emotional response to the natural world.
I use acrylic and oil paint on board, canvas or panel, sometimes found things work their way in, the odd feather, a handful of sand, marks made by a shell….
After leaving Oxford Brookes, I trained in Berkshire as a fine art restorer with a small studio restoring many paintings, etchings and antique frames. Life then headed off in a different direction, and I worked for many years with horses in the film industry, amongst other work incarnations.
Painting has always had its place in my life, but it is only relatively recently I am lucky enough to call it my full time occupation.