Original prints and paintings
My abstracts are never completely made up, but a response to some drawings or collage studies that I have done from an actual subject. For example I have used a number of my collage studies done from “aerial views” of London, from the top of The Shard, to create from, or, try to paint the essence of a word, or action.
My Landscapes are my response to the physical elements, such as the shapes and colours of the hills, trees, lakes, and sky combined with the transitory elements, such as the weather, temperature, wind, and rain, also my emotional and physical state at the time of being in that landscape.
My Seascapes are usually based on the intersection between the sea, land or sky. Usually but not always they are based, on the man-made structures at this intersection such as the harbours which are used to protect boats and people from the raw power of the sea.
As a lifelong swimmer and ex-water polo player, bodies of water that are suitable for swimming in are inspirational to me. For example the sea pools in Bude and Penzance, or the glorious beaches of Ithaka and Menorca. In fact any swimming pool is a serious passion, plus of course lakes, rivers and the sea even if they are not suitable for swimming in.
Drawing is not a skill that comes naturally to me, and I don’t usually draw or paint in a representational manner, however, after discovering the exquisite colours of Unison pastels on coloured ground, the figure has become a lot more appealing.
Living in Aylesbury, there are some lovely bits of countryside around, but they mean getting in the car. Within walking distance however, there are places like the canal which are easily accessible, and so this body of work tends to fall in this category along with other town or city work.
The beautiful light, sea, sand and harbours give you extraordinary scenery. Add to this the very variable weather, and these views are in perpetual motion.
I have spent many hours down in Cornwall drawing and painting; St Ives, Port Isaac, Porthleven, Charlestown, and other Cornish seaside towns, often under the excellent tutelage of Artist Ashley Hanson, who, runs fabulous “Freedom in Painting” courses.
My parents lived on the Spanish island of Menorca for many years. With its glorious rocky landscape, turquoise sea and beaches, it provides me with endless sources of inspiration.
I have been very lucky to visit the magical Greek island of Ithaka with a group of artists a number of times to draw, paint and swim in the sea. I have also made several artistic trips to Tuscany.
Hills and valleys with more dramatic and vertiginous scenery inspiring quite a different “feel” of painting. Inspired by excellent tutor Lewis Noble who’s studio is in Ashbourne in Derbyshire.
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I have been painting for just over 30 years, albeit mostly part-time, due to having to work full-time, then a bit more time from 2014 and now I am painting full-time having retired end of 2020. Works in this category are all pre 2014.