I originally trained in Sculpture at Bretton Hall in Yorkshire, before going on to Goldsmiths, London where I took a mixed media course. This acquainted me with many materials and gave me a much more rounded, technical expertise. Following that I was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship with a professional landscape painter which gave me valuable experience in the day to day business of being an artist. I then completed an intensive course in Advanced Paint Techniques which ignited my interest in the chemistry of painting and the way materials behave together: combining two or more materials can produce a totally new one. In 2009 I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with an MA in Art Therapy. This has helped greatly with the depth of connection and thinking that now goes in to my working process. I have been a practicing professional artist since 1999.
My inspiration has long been environments, both external and internal. There is an interaction between the two that is of constant interest to me. I spend my time walking, feeling, photographing and sketching, trying to absorb my place in the landscape. No light, weather, texture, wind, feeling, mood or day is ever the same.
I then return to the studio and start work. My paintings are in the main semi-abstract. I try to capture the feeling and atmosphere of the occasion as well as the salient physical detail. The result, I hope, gives the viewer the structural bones of the experience but there are gaps that imagination can fill.
This is primarily a solitary process as I work from my studio at home. To work with others around is very different. We influence each other in ways that are not visible, that is not until they appear within the work. What happens along these boundaries can be very exciting.
July Open Studios
My inspiration comes mainly from landscape. Suffolk, Norfolk, Devon, Cornwall, the Lakes and the Fens are all constantly stimulating to me - ever changing. I try to represent both a physical and emotional experience. The viewer is given visual stimuli but their own experience and imagination become part of the work in the viewing. Working mainly with oils but using other media to complement, the process is about pleasure, sensation and emotion. I constantly experiment looking for where excitement lies.