“Landscape, wildlife and flora together with the constantly changing light and weather are my inspiration. To paint out in the landscape is a wonderful way to connect with nature and can be totally absorbing. I want my work to convey the atmosphere and the sense of wonder that these places give me.
Inspiration is always close at hand in the garden, an untamed haven for plants, trees, and creatures. The beautiful countryside at the head of Morecambe Bay also provides a wealth of landscape and wildlife habitats, and during my yearly intensive painting retreats in Scotland I explore the magnificent habitats of cliff, sea, and mountain expanses.
Out in the field I make observations in a small pocket size sketch book. Sometimes I will make more involved studies in gouache and mixed media on tinted or heavy watercolour paper, working quickly to capture fleeting wildlife and transient elements. Recently I have been working directly from the landscape in oils on board.
In the studio, I enjoy the drama of black and white, making large graphite drawings, sometimes with just a hint of colour. Over the last few years I have painted mainly in acrylic and mixed media, building up images with texture and layers of colour. More recently I have been exploring the quiet, internal subject of still life, both in oils and gouache. Every flower is unique, I want to paint their presence and light.
In my work I like to paint wildlife, plant life, and human life as linked and inseparable. Through my art I hope to convey a sense of the interconnectedness of all life.”