I am inspired by the natural landscape, animals and birds. I also love scenes with strong lines and perspective. I observe the world in terms of how to represent it in an interesting way, using varied marks and brushstrokes. My striking, bright paintings are a more colourful interpretation of the landscape, as I see it. Usually my landscapes are of the Oxfordshire region but as I grew up in Lancashire, sometimes the rugged moorland creeps into my work.
I work mainly in acrylics and pastel, enjoying the variety of techniques that can be employed with each medium. In particular, I like to layer up thin layers of translucent paint to make interesting pictures with depth and combinations of colours. I do the same with pastels, liking definite marks and layers rather than a blended look.
I’m also a draughtsman at heart, as one of my art teachers once said(!) loving to pick up a pencil, or stick of charcoal and draw, and I’ve doing this all my life. I haven’t attended art college, so I’m self-taught but love to attend workshops to learn new ways of working. My motto is ‘stay curious’.
I sell my originals, prints and cards in local galleries and shops throughout the year and my studio in Woodcote, Oxfordshire is open but by appointment only. I happily take commissions for landscapes, pet portraits and buildings, many of which can also be viewed on my website. My online store is also handy for purchasing prints, cards and homewares.