I enjoy the experience of being outdoors, in all weathers, and I am driven to try to capture my feelings about my surroundings as best as I can as a reminder for myself and as a way of sharing with others and I do that in paint.
I paint in all media but feel a particular affinity with acrylic paint and ‘mixed media’, which in my case might involve combining watercolour, acrylic inks, acrylic paints and oil pastels. I enjoy using layers to create texture and to experiment with mark making.
Sometimes I sketch in the field. Sometimes I paint ‘en plein air’. In my experience it is good to do both. The ‘plein air’ experience encourages quick application of paint and careful observation of light and colour. By developing a sketch(es) in the studio I can define in a more considered way what in particular drew me to the scene and make a more abstract image rather than a strictly representational one.
As a member of Welland Valley Art Society I regularly exhibit at Stamford Arts Centre. I have also exhibited work at Patchings Arts Centre (Nottinghamshire) and the Mall Galleries, London (with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours)