A studio exhibition of my equestrian, landscape and portrait images.
This is a happy return for me, to Artweeks Open Studios. Having been a regular past exhibitor, i reconnect with the event, in 2023, following a busy period, working and exhibiting, often further afield, in Newmarket and London. So I am delighted to be opening my studio once again at the cottage, to welcome new visitors and friends of old.
I received a formal traditional training in portrait and figure painting (Heatherleys School of Fine Art, London). My artwork while being rooted in a representational and figurative tradition, is not remotely photo-real. I like to create by drawing and painting, directly from the subject, whenever possible, in a loosely handled, exploratory style, with an emphasis on atmosphere, movement, and mood. Whether it be in portraits, landscapes or racing event scenes.
My practice includes exhibitions, painting to commission, and private tuition for the individual and small groups.
This event offers me the opportunity to show recent paintings in my local community, and to connect and chat with visitors, in an informal situation. Providing background stories to the paintings and describing various techniques and inspirations, in person. There are many new pieces on display, including landscape, equestrian and portrait paintings and drawings . Additionally, some works from my recent Artist Residency at Newmarket. I like to include a display of working sketchbooks. And there is a wide selection of cards for sale.
Inspiration comes through my love of and connection with the English landscape, and the sheer exhiliration felt when painting outdoors. Catching the fall of the light, arrangement of tones and colour rhythms. Playing with mixed media mark making.
A lifelong passion for horses and the thrill of equestrian sporting events is also frequently explored as a subject, and celebrated in paint.
I welcome to this open studio, anyone who might be thinking of having a go at painting, or wish to develop an existing skill. I enjoy sharing my passion for art and professional experience, through private tutoring and encouraging others in developing their own visual awareness and skills.
From beginners, to the more experienced, I aim to promote inspiration, the acquisition of new approaches and skills , and build confidence. My own formal art education, and academic background in the History of Art, also serves to design new projects, generate ideas and access sources of inspiration. Group Workshops may be designed, by arrangement, during the summer months, in local locations.