Artist Statement

As a contemporary artist, I respond to the landscape and its conditions as an interactive way of exploring human states of being and emotion, embodied and reflected by the power and fragility of the natural world.

The environmental subjects I focus on can also relate to a human narrative or speak of issues that impact on the Earth's fragile ecosystems. And above all I seek to express that the world's remaining places of wilderness are a source of sanctuary and inspiration for the human spirit.

Nature's capacity to express and evoke every mood from gravitas to expansiveness, and vibrancy to seclusion makes it the most dynamic muse. I am drawn to elemental interactions within a landscape, to both intimate and grand vistas, and to the fleeting transitions between day and night and their powerfully emotive visual effects.

I work in oils and natural resins on canvas or board because I love the brilliance, layering, dynamism and subtlety of colour and transparency made available through using oil paint. Often I sketch and photograph my subjects outdoors before starting to paint them in the studio, but I also invent more abstract landscapes and or find inspirational photographic compositions to use as a starting point.

Ultimately, I want my work to convey a sense of reverence and connection with the natural world, and to bring this quality to the viewer, as I feel that our very existence now depends on our sense of belonging and commitment to protecting the Earth.

 

For any painting or commission enquiries, please send me a message or call me on +44 07748 765 949.