I am an artist based in High Littleton, near Bath. I started painting in 2009 after almost 20 years working as a Landscape Architect. I work predominantly in acrylic and mixed media and am best known for my semi abstract landscapes and seascapes with atmospheric skies. I work mainly from the studio taking inspiration for colour and subject from a series of sketches and colour studies that I've done on long walks and holidays to wonderful wild places. I've always enjoyed working in sketchbooks and I now find that they form the basis of my process; you can see how I use them on my sketchbook page.
When I look back I can see that art and design have always been at the centre of whatever I do - the thread that links all my life choices and that remains the case today. Back in 2007 when I started working for myself I was more focused on 'design' rather than 'art' and had no idea that one of my early design projects, the innovative BuggySail sunshade, would allow me to make my 'art' my career. Over 10 years on I still feel very fortunate to be able to paint and share what I do - it's such an enjoyable 'JOB'.
My paintings are semi abstract landscapes and seascapes inspired by those wild places that make me feel really alive. Sketching forms the foundation of all my work; it allows me to embed a place in my mind. Looking back at the sketches take me right back to the time I did the sketch which in turn enables me to paint from within. When I paint I am recalling the sights, sounds and feelings I had when I was sketching. I tend to use a limited palette and after developing an idea for a composition I let the painting evolve channeling the feelings the sketches have evoked.
I continue to enjoy experimenting and learning; it's exciting to see new techniques and materials appearing in my work. I tend to work on several pieces at a time which gives me the freedom to allow paintings to emerge as I layer paint over a gesso base and scratch/sand/rub back to reveal lost layers without overworking them. Over 10 years on I still love painting and there is nothing that matches the feeling when someone buys a painting because it speaks to them too!
Have a special piece of art in mind?
I enjoy working with clients to produce a particular piece of artwork so I'm happy to take on a limited number of commissions throughout the year. Commissions are a wonderful opportunity to get a piece of work that really means something to you but where do you start? Thankfully commissioning artwork is really easy - it's always a pleasure to work with clients on a painting so that they end up with a piece of art that they will love forever.