I am an oil painter who prefers to work from life and direct observation, mostly outdoors but indoors too as the weather and seasons change. For me, this offers the perfect solution to painting my two favourite subjects – the landscape and still life. I have painted all of my adult life and enjoy experimenting with a variety of art forms concerned with the visual arts, although I always return to my true love of painting in oils. I have studied, exhibited and sold my work in the UK and overseas – Bath, Wiltshire, The Cotswolds, Devon, Cornwall and Andalucía and a few paintings are in private collections in Germany and Turks & Caicos.
Where I do it
Originally from Bristol, I now live in Devon on the stunning Jurassic Coast which provides infinite painting opportunities, whether it be from along the margins of the coastline where the dramatic red sandstone and chalk cliffs meet the sea, or the banks of meandering rivers, their estuaries and habitat.
Indoors, usually when the weather is against me, I work from my studio which has glimpses of Lyme Bay. I enjoy setting up a still life from my hoard of ‘nature morte treasures’ which offers the advantage of time, comfort and a plethora of artistic materials not available when I’m outside. Often I will try to resolve a plein air painting deemed not to be a ‘keeper’ or use it as a reference to work up into a larger scale or format, allowing the opportunity to be more considered and creative.
Why I do it
My paintings reflect a personal response to capturing the immediacy of a moment in time and a sense of place, sometimes of scenes that are often quite ordinary but which shout ‘paint me!’. My mood is reflected in each of my paintings, usually optimistic, upbeat and vibrant. Rhythm and harmony of colour, light, movement, economy of brushstroke are important elements of my work.
What/Who influences me and my style?
Expressive brushwork, light, shadow and an impressionistic style influence my paintings – I am particularly drawn to the work of Paul Cézanne, Emile Gruppé, Alfred Sisley, Edward Seago and the freer oil sketches of Peter Brown.