Nature is the basis, the starting point, for my paintings which rapidly take on a direction of their own where the dancing light or the feel of the wind becomes the main focus. They are compositions woven from images of the natural world.
It is the power and energy of nature that excites me. Light and movement allow the creation of the space in my work, often opening up huge vistas. The finished pieces range from almost totally abstract compositions evoking a sense of place to more easily recognisable landscape images: the natural world modulated by time and season, disclosed by visual texture and colour.
I came back to the UK in 2011 from the Languedoc in France and started work in Wimbledon Art Studios. Since my return I have moved away from the blues of the Languedoc to a far more dramatic palette. I have fallen increasingly in love with the British light. The drama of the cloudscapes, mixed with the subtlety of the morning light , or the glory of a sunset have become the essence of my compositions.
It is these moments that fuel my days. My paintings are rarely site specific they are a fusion of the vast coastal vistas and the more intimate inland light. Compositions woven from memory infused with a sense of place.
I build up the paintings using layer on layer of paint playing with the transparent and opaque qualities of different colours, techniques used by Titian and Turner. I have started to incorporate silver/copper and gold leaf into the paintings giving a different play on light using the reflective quality to add another dimension.
My works are to be found in collections in New York, Houston, Vancouver, Sydney, Perth, and Paris as well as the UK.
Born London 1965
Graduated Newcastle University 1988 BA Fine Art(1st class)
Lived in Marseilles France 1988-92
London Studio in Chiswick 1993
Chertsey Studios 1997-2003
Beziers France 2003-2011
Wimbledon Studios London, 2011- 2014
Prior to 2012 I exhibited in:
London at Whiteleys and in Fulham
Notting Hill Gate with Nicholas Bowlby Gallery
Tedding ton with the Smith Gallery / Mackenzie Gallery
Molesey with The Molesey Gallery
in Cornwall, at the Salthouse gallery in St Ives
in Paris, Marseilles, Cleremont L’ Herault, Parisot International Art Fair, Festival de Vallories
2012 Mackenzie Gallery Teddington 2012
2012 Chelsea Art Society – Chelsea Town Hall
2012 NRA 2012 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery
21012 Affordable Art Fair Battersea – Nicholas Bowlby
2012 Affordable Art Fair Hampstead- Nicholas Bowlby
2013 Box Galleries , Studio 106 Dawes Road Fulham
2013 Osteria Dell Arte – Clapham
2013 Chelsea Art Society – Chelsea town Hall SW3
2013 NRA 2013 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery
2013 Frivoli Gallery, Chiswick 2013- 2014 -2015
2013 Wimbledon Art Studios Open Studios May /November
2014 Selected works – Box Galleries –SW10
2014 Shifting Light -The Art Agency , Esher
2014 Oil & water Gallery – Wandsworth
2014 Corte Real Gallery – Portugal
2014 Chelsea Art Society – Chelsea town Hall SW3
2014 AAF Hampstead – Nicholas Bowlby Gallery
2014 NRA 2013 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery
2014 AAF Bristol – The Art Agency Esher
2014 AAF Battersea – Nicholas Bowlby Gallery
2014 Dancing light- Solo – A&D Gallery 51 Chiltern St W1U6LY
2014 Christmas Show – The Art Agency – Esher & Cobham
2014 Christmas show – Oil & Water Wandsworth