One Midsummer Morning at Rydal 2017

Background and Inspiration

I have been a full-time, Lancaster-based Fine Artist since 2012 following a career teaching Art & Design in secondary education.

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.

My deep appreciation and respect for the natural environment takes me to a variety of locations including Morecambe Bay, the west coast of Scotland and Ireland and the south of France. I have exhibited in both solo and group shows and have my paintings in private collections across the UK, France and Sweden.

Available

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.

Greetings cards

I am pleased to discuss commissions for work with similar themes.

Price range – £5 – £2000+

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