My painting over the last year has drawn inspiration mostly from my immediate locality of Eynsham, an area blessed with a variety of woodland, open landscapes and rivers. My aim is always to capture the essence and spirit of a scene, frequently referred to as a sense of place. I seek beauty and interest in the most unlikely places, from a stretch of hedgerow to a muddy path, and it is this more often than the broader vista which excites and energises. In recent months I have been particularly drawn to explore the effects of sunlight and shade playing on water, creating reflections and dazzling points of light that contrast with ambiguous shadow. A visit to North Devon and another to Brittany in between lockdowns have helped to add variety to the subject matter.
My current work has diverged from painting purely in pastel to a move into mixed media using a variety of inks (acrylic, Indian and Chinese) in the early stages of the painting. Being entirely self-taught I have learnt my craft by experimentation and almost 40 years of experience and in the process I have emerged, I hope, with a style free from preconceptions and accepted methodologies. I have held many successful solo exhibitions and have exhibited in Artweeks since 1990. In addition, when we return to some sort of normality I hope to return to giving demonstrations and workshops in which I can share my well-practised techniques.