About me

Wilder’s Folly, Sulham,
West Berkshire

I’m an amateur artist living in West Berkshire and a member of the Reading Guild of Artists.

I take my inspiration mainly from rural and coastal landscapes, and the transformative effects that seasonal and meteorological change have on places I know well. I have a particular fascination with human intervention on the landscape and the resulting tension between permanence and impermanence: ancient monuments and architectural ruins being a favourite theme. I am intrigued by the way these become absorbed into the surrounding environment over time, while maintaining some presence of their own. I try to reflect this in the scale of the landscapes I paint and through the relationship between land and sky.

A keen gardener, I am also fascinated by flower structure and paint detailed studies to gain a greater appreciation of their intricacy.

I find the contrast between painting at these two scales challenging and satisfying.

I studied art at Chichester in the 1990s, as an undergraduate student, but have only recently returned to painting. I work mainly in acrylics because I like the immediacy of the medium. I am a keen walker and always have my camera to hand for taking reference photographs, particularly in “interesting” weather!

Exhibitions

March 2021 RGA Online Exhibition ‘while we wait

June 2021 RGA Online Exhibition “Celebrating our Town – Discover Reading” Summer Supplement