I studied Painting & Printmaking BA (Hons) at St.Martins School of Art, London.
My paintings are a response to the rolling hills of the South Downs, reflecting a relationship with this gentle, spare landscape that is both joyous and personal.
The scenes are unpeopled; the land always showing signs of human involvement. Paintings of the pathways trodden out across the land and at the field margins invite the viewer to travel into the landscape as if they were on a walk themselves. The summer months bring sharper contrasts in tone and skies full of mounds of cloud, piled high on top of the hills. Tracks made in the earth by farm vehicles in winter can be traced as dark lines in the crops; a flowering of flax can suddenly turn the hill the most beautiful sky blue. The moon hangs over the dark hill at night time and sea mists encroach the valley and cover the scene with a pale grey veil.
There are always key elements of the landscape which have been abstracted, using heightened colour and composition. The colours I use have evolved through developing a way of describing these themes as an emotional response. I use acrylics because I can play with very bright colours, often using the same colours across the whole surface of the painting to create movement across a flattened picture space but balancing that with the illusion of foreground and distance. I like to see the canvas behind the paint and retain luminosity in the colour. My palette is often bright but makes use of greys as a foil to the stronger hues. I use the landscape format as a starting point to express other ideas such as spiritual awakening and my gratitude for blessings. Sometimes I incorporate native wild flowers into the scene, rendered in a more decorative style over an undulating landscape.
• Artists Open Houses 2016, at The Coach House
• Artists Open Houses 2017, at Art Forty7
• The Grange Gallery, Rottingdean, July 2017
• The Grange Gallery, Rottingdean March 2018
• Artists Open Houses 2018, at Art83
• Laughing Dog Gallery, Brighton Marina, August 2018
• Christmas Group show at The Grange Gallery, Rottingdean, East Sussex
• The Control Tower, KIngs Hill, Surrey
• DMH Stallard 6 New St. Square, City of London
• Artists Open Houses 2019, at Percival Mansions Art House
• Cripps Pemberton Greenish 22 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells July 2019
• Group show at the Grey Walls Gallery, Brighton Marina July/August 2019
• Artists Open Houses 2020 at Percival Mansions Art House
Paintings are available as Fine Art Giclee prints. Image size 24 x 24 cm on 30 x 30 paper. Each print is signed by the artist. £35.00 plus £3.00 P&P.