This year, I will be joining a group of ten other artists at 'Art@Chalgrove'. I will be showing recent paintings, mainly in oils, inspired by the local natural and built landscape. Whilst some paintings simply aim to capture local sights, others positively rejoice in the decay of man-made structures and some have a slightly quirky story to tell. Most of the paintings I will be exhibiting are quite modest in size and use a typically "earthy" palette. I hope to include several 'portraits' of local favourite trees, accompanied by drawings and bark casts. All the paintings on display are framed, usually in simple white or natural finish 'tray' frames.
I am a retired scientist, coming relatively late to painting. There is some family connection as my father was an illustrator, my sister is a potter and my nephew is a silversmith. For me, it really started with life drawing classes in 2014 then, in 2016, I decided to see if I could paint by studying part-time at Art Academy in London. It was a great experience and gave me the confidence to keep going, and to invest in converting my garage into a small studio.
I focus on painting places, either painted quickly en plein air, or in the studio based on photographs and drawings. I'm drawn to striking images, often involving bold geometric shapes or dramatic contrasts in light and dark. I tend to use an 'earthy' palette, perhaps influenced by one of my favourite painters, Paul Nash, a celebrated war artist who also had a close association with the local area. Tree 'portraits' have started to feature strongly, particularly pine trees for their architectural qualities. I also enjoy images of buildings or structures that have been reclaimed by nature as they combine strong structural elements amongst the softer shapes of vegetation. I've also started to try and introduce some sort of narrative in my painting which has led to some pictures
taking on a slightly surreal feel.
I have exhibited locally over the past three years and I'm now an exhibiting member of the Reading Guild of Artists. After several successful submissions to Oxford Art Society Open exhibitions, I was invited to become a member in 2018. In 2020 my painting 'Watching. Waiting' was selected for the New English Art Club open exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. Later this year, I am starting a development course for artists at the Newlyn School of Art, so I'm looking forward to spending more time in the landscapes of West Cornwall that inspired some of the greatest modern British Artists.
I am happy to discuss commissions and look forward to meeting visitors and other artists at Artweeks events in May.