I mainly paint landscapes. I enjoy the experience of being outdoors, in all weathers and I try to capture my feelings about my surroundings as best as I can in sketches and paintings. I am inspired by light, colour and texture.
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, oil pastels and even collage. I enjoy using layers to create texture and to experiment with mark making. I always carry a sketchbook. Sometimes I sketch in the field with a pencil or pen and a tiny box of paints. Sometimes I complete an entire painting on the spot ‘en plein air’. I think 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.
I am a member of Welland Valley Art Society and regularly show my work at Stamford Arts Centre. I take part in Rutland Open Studios and Peterborough Artists' Open Studios in the summer and often have an Open Studio at Christmas. I have exhibited with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in the Mall Galleries, London, have had paintings shown at a number of open art competitions nationally (winning prizes) and my work has been included in both The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines.
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