In my landscape paintings I am seeking to represent real places using colour, light and personal expression. My work is influenced by Impressionist and Post Impressionist painters, especially Monet and Van Gogh, along with many contemporary artists. I have evolved a personal style that I hope conveys my joy in the natural world.
Each painting starts with finding a subject whilst walking, which I return to with my painting gear. Sometimes I do a detailed drawing, sometimes a watercolour sketch, sometimes I paint in oils on canvas, but always painting or drawing with the subject in front of me initially. I then continue work in the studio, where the painting is finished.
I have a purpose built studio in my garden which is perfect for me as it is quiet and convenient. Work in the studio is balanced with drawing and painting out of doors.
Years of walking and working in natural surroundings every day helps to keep me happy and well. I want my paintings to have the same emotional uplift that I feel when I see trees laden with blossom by a rushing river in the sunshine, or deep quiet shadows with glowing colours in autumnal woodland.
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 in North London, then went on to Bristol Polytechnic (which formerly was the West of England Art School) 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 private and public collections in the UK and America.