My studio and exhibition are in my home. There are drawings, illustrations, limited edition prints, postcards and cards from different periods of my working life...which now stretch back some 52 years. I have lived and worked in Oxford since 1971 and had the privilege of being an art teacher of Art/Art History in local schools for 30 years. I retired as Deputy Head of The Cherwell School in 1999 and since then I have worked as a painter, illustrater of travel books and voluntarily helping to manage Oxford allotments. Gardening and growing my own food is a big a passion as painting! I retired from this voluntary work in 2020 but Covid proved a surprisingly serious interruption to my painting. As I write I trust I have broken this hiatus?
My paintings are held in many private collections and my limited edition prints of Oxford have proved very popular. I have held solo exhibitions at The University of Warwick, Oxford University’s Said Business School and Artistic License, Primrose Hill and participated in London at Art Fairs in Battersea, Alexandra Palace and Chelsea. I am a member of the Oxford Art Society and have participated in OAS exhibitions and Artweeks for over 20 years.
I have long been fascinated by reflections and reality and my paintings often include working into the paint. This brings the excitement of controlling the accidental. An identifiable image is distorted through reflection and modified perspective. The original paintings are in oil on board and whilst the compositions are highly structured the works are built up using textured glazes alongside strong areas of modulated colour. An identifiable image is modified by reflection and/or perspective.
In the Manhattan work I was engaged by the ambiguity of reflections contained within the insistent order of grids, alongside a sublime blue verticality. The paintings explore the complexity and beauty of a transitory world where seemingly solid and monumental buildings reflect a moment in time. The effects of light and glass reconstruct a reality of air and space, on and in, through and back. The images are often inconsistent with a single time with sources being merged from different times of day. The predominance of glass makes this a ‘blue’ city with ever changing and often fractured images. I developed some giclee prints from this Manhattan series and these are in the exhibition. I worked with Oxfordshire based printers, Senecio and all the prints are produced to the highest standard.
In my Oxford paintings I am still developing this inspiration to explore what has proved to be a refreshingly new view of this well known city. The colleges, bars and shops are juxtaposed in exciting new combinations, always derived from observation but inconsistent with time and viewpoint.
My paintings are held in many private collections and the Oxford prints are very popular with many collectors. Some of this series have already sold out. I have exhibited at The University of Warwick and Oxford University’s Said Business School and in London at various Art Fairs (Battersea, Alexandra Palace and Chelsea and the inaugural Oxford International Art Fair and locally have been celebrated on the cover of what was The Oxford Times magazine. I have participated in many Oxford OAS exhibitions and Artweeks and I love having visitors to my working studio. You can contact me through the Artweek info and my web site at any time of the year.