As a young person I arrived at a crossroads: go to art school or go sailing?
I chose sailing. After many years at sea, I ‘came ashore’, married, then, land-based, resumed a creative life and now work as a full-time artist at my studio in Hampshire UK.
My paintings are abstract imaginings, interspersed with distorted visual imagery drawn from the flavours, feelings and experiences of my unconventional previous life: the ever-changing colours in the water and the sky, the weather, coastlines and now, the ancient landscape and geography of the British Isles, which fascinate me.
I use high quality artists materials and finishing products; all paintings are sealed with UV-protective varnish.
Frames are hardwood or semi-hardwood, buffed with soft beeswax
Inspired by the coastlines, ancient landscape and geography of the British Isles,
or perhaps just a distant memory, each painting starts with little thought or expectation, rather a series of gestural movements of brush or pallet knife, executed quickly. As each mark is laid down a further response is summoned.
Gradually layers are built up until at some point a ‘soul’ begins to emerge, when a more considered approach is required: small details are drawn, edges are blurred or hardened, shapes are refined and small jewels of colour added, while ‘excavations’ into the layers reveal forgotten treasures.
My work is created using high quality artists materials and finishing products:
paintings are sealed and UV varnished; frames are hardwood or semi-hardwood, buffed with fine beeswax.
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