I am lucky enough to live and work by the sea, a constant source of inspiration.
I am essentially a landscape painter who likes to work in a slightly abstracted fashion while still retaining a sense of place. Capturing light and a sense of the fragility and transience of our natural landscape is important to me.
I am particularly inspired by the west coast of Cornwall which seems to imbue my work with a rawness that I don’t achieve anywhere else, although I do enjoy painting my local Solent coast as well.
I have come to realise that for me painting is all about capturing the moment, the light and the feeling of being by the sea – a place that always makes me feel alive.
Painting for me is a way to record how I felt sitting on a Cornish beach on a stormy day, watching the waves crash, listening to the sounds around me, catching the light reflecting off the wet sands and the distant headlands. It forces me to really look and to absorb the memory. My paintings are about the experience of being in that landscape.
The art critic Bomberg once said : “Don’t paint what you see in front of you but paint what you feel around you”
I won the Cornwall Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2016, and was a finalist the following year in the Devon Life Landscape Artist of the Year.
I graduated with a 2:1 hons in Fine Art from Chichester University in 2017 and have recently founded a group of local professional artists based on the peninsula where I live. www.peninsularartists.com
My work is held in private collections both in the UK and overseas.
In August 2019 I undertook a one month residency on Shetland with Wasps Studios : http://www.waspsstudios.org.uk. This painting was inspired by that time spent in Shetland.
Email me for details of work available for purchase
Work for sale can be found at:
- Purple Gallery, Bournville
- Create Cornwall, Bedruthan Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
- The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire
- the Little Art Gallery, West Wittering, Sussex
- The White Dog Gallery, Lee on Solent and Southsea, Hampshire
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