I create abstract paintings that take landscape as their subject without being explicitly topographical or descriptive. There is a subtlety of surface and depth, texture and light which explore both an impulsive and repetitive way of mark-making that is both gestural and intuitive. My paintings are quiet and contemplative interpretations of natural environments.
I trained at Winchester School of Art in the 1980s – a very painterly place back then. Paint remains one of my central preoccupations; its physicality.
I need to be drawn to a surface in the same way you are drawn to picking up a pebble or feeling the nap of the cloth in a shop.
At its heart painting remains about the visual elements; line, tone, colour, rhythm, form, texture, pattern, and the like.
Edges of shapes; clarity of line; movement and balance all contribute to my process. It could be described as a kind of visual assonance or dissonance, indeed this imbalance is absolutely necessary to achieve a finished work which has balance.
My work has been shown in galleries and art fairs, mostly in the south and south west. We have lived in Penwith, Isle of Wight and Hampshire. St Ives and the surrounding coast still informs my practice. I won the Pallant House Open competition and my work is held in the Isle of Wight, NHS Trust and Hampshire County collections.