Artist Statement

As a contemporary landscape painter I respond to the natural environment as both activist and celebrant. Sometimes this will take the form of conveying, via the canvas, my personal sense of awe and deep nourishment found in natural places, or reflecting how the weather dramatically influences the emotional quality of a landscape. At other times I am motivated to address environmental issues such as pollution and climate change.

 

I work in oils and natural resins on canvas or board because I love the brilliance, layering 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’ landscapes and or find inspirational photographic compositions to use as a starting point for an image. 

 

I am especially interested in the fleeting transitions between day and night and the emotive, visual and experiential effects these have upon the senses. I am drawn to elemental interaction within a landscape, earth and wood reflections in water, rain in the air, the multi-varied effects of natural light. Wild spaces are my muses and I see nature's endless possibilities offering themselves as subjects to be captured in paint.

 

Ultimately, I feel that the natural world, rather than being a material resource, is where we as a human species can find so much depth and joy. Our existence now depends on our commitment to the Earth and I hope that my work conveys a sense of reverence and connection with nature.

 

If you are interested in buying my paintings or prints of them, please see the range of work that is still available at the Shop on this website. Or for any other painting enquiries or commissions, please get in touch.

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