I am a painter of landscapes and seascapes working in oils, pastels and acrylic. I have been taught to paint in a traditional manner using the working methods and modern day equivalents of the materials and mediums used by the Masters. Many of these processes are used in my paintings to create atmospheric optical effects that add interest to my work. Also I enjoy observing life and will use pencil, and pen and ink to produce finished drawings and sketches of subjects that capture my interest. Many of these works are based on travel overseas, especially in Mediterranean Europe, India, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand.
Travel the world, but home is always best. Dorset is a very beautiful county, renowned for its World Heritage coastline and unspoilt countryside. It has been my home for over 30 years and is the inspiration for most of my work.
I have experimented with watercolour, pastel, acrylic and oil but over the years have acquired a particular passion for the graphic qualities of soft pastel and a love of oil as a painting medium. Presently oil is my preferred method of working.
An artist must never remain static but continue to develop and express feelings for art in different and creative ways. For that reason I constantly push the boundaries beyond my immediate comfort zone. My preference is to remain flexible in outlook and paint in a variety of media choosing the one best suited to convey my feelings for the subject and my creative mood at the time.
I am an exhibiting member of Bournemouth Arts Club / Southern Contemporaries
My landscapes can be moody and dramatic. In acknowledging the accepted principle of Gestalt I try to keep detail to a minimum so that viewers of my paintings can participate, interpret and discover. I try to create an emotional response. My aim is for each painting to be fresh, loose and subjective. The main influences on my work are Edward Seago, Trevor Chamberlain, JMW Turner, Claude Lorraine and Norfolk teaching artist Martin Kinnear. Others include Cuyp and Donald Hamilton Fraser. In am becoming increasingly interested in all forms of Abstract Expressionism and I am studying the work of Hans Hofmann
For pastel work I enthuse about the work of American pastelists Bill Creevy and Albert Handell. Also, Margaret Dyer, Lorianne Signori, Felicity House and of course Edgar Degas.
In the last few years I have switched my focus from pastel to oils. Increasingly my work is becoming much looser in style with controlled, but expressive and energetic brushwork.
I have been taught by a professional teaching artist to paint in oils in the traditional English landscape manner. This is “rough painting” and not fine art verging on illustration. I try to be proficient in my use of Venetian and Flemish boles,” coloured beginnings” in the manner of Turner and imprimatura laid down in tempera or distemper. I strive to control opacity and translucency and practice the indirect painting process of applying translucent glazes.
On abstraction I follow the lead of Martin Kinnear who says that” he goes beyond Constable but stops well short of Rothko”. This is a skill that requires constant effort and attention because it is far more difficult to exclude detail than to include it.