Background and Inspiration
I am fascinated and fired-up by the complexities of nature and landscape. My paintings are mainly concerned with glimpses of sunlight and shadow that are so evident in the fickle weather conditions here in the north west. Walking and cycling allows me to explore the wonderful and dramatic local coastline, mountains, wooded valleys and moorland, gathering visual material as I move through the varied landscape. My images and thoughts are then processed from these environments into my studio-based sketches and paintings, where I use mostly oils for their versatile consistency and rich, vibrant colours. I enjoy the physical process of scraping back areas of paint to reveal unexpected colour combinations underneath and I delight in discovering that at some stage in production areas of a painting can partially evolve seemingly autonomously. I hope that in some way this letting go within the process is also reflected in my most recent theme of standing water that inevitably and freely reflects complex and fascinating shapes and colours of the subject matter.
The raw, powerful experience of being in mountain and coastal environments has been a regular feature of my adult life. In my twenties I spent much of my spare time backpacking in Wales, northern England, Scotland and the French Alps, seeking out wild, dramatic and high-level places. During those physical and mental challenges I hadn’t realised until recently, just what an impact those experiences had made on my creative drive.
Since moving on from a career in teaching in 2012 I have begun a long-overdue journey exploring subject matter that is close to my heart. This was always going to involve nature as, looking all the way back at my portfolios from age 17 I have been keen to involve strong colour and texture that feature across a broad range of natural settings. Essentially I have taught myself to paint and discovering the glory of oils has been a turning point in my career. The physical and emotional processes that occur in the production stage are infinitely challenging and rewarding.
I moved to Lancashire in 1997 and have loved being in such close proximity to Morecambe Bay, the Lake District and the Bowland Fells. I have regularly visited the Scottish islands of Mull, Harris and Lewis and more recently, Connemara and Mayo in the Republic of Ireland. There is an historical link for artists with the south of France and I enjoy visiting the region for its flora, topography, light and climate. On location I am constantly researching; walking and cycling around, taking photographs and sketching in new and exciting settings.
My paintings are in private collections across the UK, France and Sweden, probably elsewhere in the world.
Paintings of landscape and nature, both wild and cultivated. using oils. wax-oil pastels and watercolour. Occasionally I work on original limited edition collagraph/drypoint printmaking projects in modest print runs.
Archival quality signed Giclée prints (mounted and/or framed) from selected images. Modest print runs.
I am pleased to discuss commissions for work with similar themes.
Price range – £5 – £2000+
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