Whilst I have painted all of my adult life I have only had the opportunity to become a full-time artist in 2016.
I am increasingly preoccupied with environmental impacts, large and small, on our flora and fauna and am using my art to highlight these issues. I'm currently working towards an autumn exhibition on this theme so watch this space!
The impulse to paint, for me, is always connected with atmosphere, texture, and light. Whilst I prefer to paint in the studio, my work is done from sketches and photographs taken on location.
For many years I felt somewhat disappointed with the lack of vibrancy in my pictures but then I discovered the negative painting technique which allows my initial transparent layers of paint to remain untouched as all other layers (sometimes 20 or more) and applied around the main focus - creating the feeling of great depth in my pictures.
I get most of my inspiration from my local environment here in Ufford, Suffolk, United Kingdom - but travelling also gives so much richness and so many opportunities to capture nature's beauty.
First in a series of paintings highlighting local environmental issues Acrylic on Clayboard 20 x 20cm
Acrylic on Clayboard 25cm x 25cm
Acrylic on Clayboard #negativepainting
Acrylic on Clayboard 30.5 x 30.5cm Painting of Autumn or Fall oak leaves floating on icy misty smokey water created in the contemporary negative painting style
Acrylic on Clayboard 20x20cm I painted this Sea Lavender in the studio after spending a cold foggy hour sketching it on a bleak clifftop.
Acrylic paint on Ampersand Gessoboard 34 x 34 cm Painting of Autumn leaves and berries created in the contemporary negative painting style
Acrylic on Clayboard 28 x 35 cm #Negativepainting I love seedheads even more than foliage or flowers - they hold such potential for the future
Acrylic on clayboard (15cm x 15xm) small demo work
Acrylic on Board #negativepainting