Background and Inspiration
I came to painting later on in life having graduated with a First Class Honours in Textiles/Fashion followed by a 20 year career teaching Art & Design in Secondary education and raising my two boys. My love for landscape continues to fill me with great excitement at the prospect of moving through a place full of natural wonder – whether mild or challenging. Having had innumerable opportunities to supervise teenagers during outdoor adventure trips as well as pursue my own hillwalking and mountaineering interests I have experienced a rich journey through places that are full of contrasting states: wild and cultivated, arid and verdant, rugged and fragile, ever-changing and apparently constant. The particular quality of light and space in the north west draws me in to explore the diverse, visual aspects of geology, meteorology and botany. I marvel at the energy, abundance and diversity of life’s forces and I am continuously intrigued by the idea that visual qualities of landscape often appear timeless and constant yet are often tangibly dynamic. Light conditions due to our ever-changing weather emphasises a ‘Romantic’ feel in some of my work (so I’ve been told) and I like to think that that my paintings evoke a poetic sense of connection with the natural world.