Painter, teacher and member of the Arborealists group
I have a passion for the natural world and my work is particularly focused upon trees and gardens. Trees alter a landscape, they can be dramatic or subtle and everything in-between with the ability to fill an infinite variety of spaces. Every tree species has it's own quirks, colours and forms and hosts an abundance of other lifeforms.
I also love birds and have done since I was a child, they were my entry point into a lifelong love of nature.
I spent some time in Canada in my teens and twenties and the wilderness there had a profound effect on me. I now look for pockets of wilderness in the over-tidy countryside around my home. I have been influenced by a group of Canadian painters called the Group of Seven and also the work of Gustav Klimt and John singer Sargent to name a few.
I work with oil paint as I find it forgiving and malleable and enjoy the vast range of earthy colours, I also appreciate the fact that it can be applied to such a variety of styles and techniques.
I sketch and paint on location, often small oil studies which inform the colours and compositions of larger studio pieces.
I find great enjoyment in messing around with ceramics, charcoal and watercolours, my teaching allows me to indulge in lots of different media. I currently teach at The Croft school