Light, Colour and Texture
My work is a response to the light, colours and textures we experience in the natural world, translated into painting. I want the paintings to represent real places, and at the same time to be sensational experiences in themselves! Paint colour, lots of texture and the energy of the finished painting are as important as the pictorial element.
A Kind of Magic
Every painting starts with observational drawing or painting, in pencil, charcoal, watercolour or oil sketches. There is a kind of magic that happens in the act of working directly from the subject, an intense engagement, it’s lovely to do.
In the Studio
In my studio in Derby I complete paintings started out of doors or work on bigger paintings.
I have lived in Derbyshire for most of my life, and now live near Derby. In the 1980s I studied Fine Art at Middlesex University and then the West of England Art School (now part of Bristol University) where I specialised in painting. In 2005 I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Fine Art at Derby University. I have an Adult Teaching Certificate and am an experienced adult art teacher.
My paintings are in public collections including Royal Derby Hospital, and private collections in the UK and America.