I trained as a sign painter and commercial artist producing bespoke signs and images in the traditional way. After 31 years, I decided it was time to begin practicing my true passion and make paintings full time. My move to Wiltshire was the inspiration I needed, meeting like minded people and surrounded by the most incredible landscape.
Wiltshire, with its open chalk hills and wide valleys covered with hardy grasslands, provides the unique landscape that inspires me to put down onto canvas. The occasional tree dotted on the horizon accentuates the clean line between the earth and the sky. The feeling of freedom and being on top of the world is my inspiration.
Acrylic paint is my chosen medium usually with a limited palette to keep the paintings fresh. Mark making with large flat brushes gives a painterly and loose feel.
I have been on a journey to abstraction. My paintings have developed from figurative through to semi abstract and total abstraction. Starting with gestural marking then layering the paint, concentrating on balancing tonal value with colour harmony, I build on the works until I have achieved the desired outcome.