I am predominantly a landscape painter. 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.
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 also take part in Rutland Open Studios. My paintings have been selected for exhibition at a number of national open art competitions and in April 2018 I was very pleased to have work chosen and shown at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.