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!