Current painting projects I'm working on are of the local Oxfordshire Downland landscape, especially the ancient Ridgeway path, together with exploring this country's coastal scenery. Some of the future work will be painted outdoors, on location. I'm also working on a few portrait paintings.
Oil paintings of landscapes, seascapes and portrait studies. Bold paintings filled with mood and colour.
The Artweeks exhibition will comprise approximately 15 paintings of varying size, from small (about 30 x 20 cm), to medium (about 80 x 60 cm ). The theme of the exhibition is interpretative landscapes of various places including Iceland, Dorset and the local Oxfordshire Downland and Ridgeway scenery. Also, Ireland, following a self-guided cycle tour around the Wild Atlantic Way west coast last year, which coincided with the autumn storms. A few portrait studies will be shown as well, given portraiture is a particular interest of mine.
Drawing and painting has been a life-long passion for me. Last year, I changed from my project management career in construction to working full -time as an artist - a long held ambition.
I am inspired to paint landscapes by colour, light and a sense of place. To me, painting is not just about the visual image, but also about creating something that communicates how I feel about the subject. Some paintings are inspired by a brief fleeting glimpse of an actual view, whilst others are more of distilled creative compositions, influenced from memory and based upon sketches, notes and photographs taken at the time.
Influences range from classical artists such as Turner through to contemporary ones such as Peter Doig.
I work out of my home studio in Wantage.