Tablets of Place
Tablets of stabilized sand on board or canvas with arrangements of stones and shell fragments.
Land and Sea
Paintings in oil and acrylic.
Paintings based only on colour and geometry
I have a varied portfolio, having explored a wide range of subjects reflecting the human figure, the countryside, sky, sea and natural history involving a variety of techniques and mediums. Much of my work over the years focused on painting with oil and/or acrylic on canvas and I have a long experience in life drawing which has provided material for paintings outside of the life studio. However, in a quite different way, I have experimented with techniques that incorporate natural materials collected from places - usually beaches - that I have visited. By combining acrylic medium with eroded shell, stone and sand I form 'tablets' of the material distributed in arrays that evoke a sense of order, contrasting with the underlying trajectory for disorder manifested as erosion. Part of the idea of the tablets is that they preserve a fraction of a location as a component of memory using the actual material of the place.
I am a largely self-taught artist, but have received tuition in life drawing & painting at Kent Institute of Art & Design (now University College for the Creative Arts) at Canterbury. I have held solo exhibitions in local galleries (Horsebridge, Whitstable, 2006 and Ebonytwist, Folkestone, 2007) and have participated in the Canterbury Festival Art Fairs. I am now resident in Cambridge where I continue to study life drawing alongside making landscape images, abstracts and tablets.