My experience and observation of the landscape and its visual relationship with the weather provide the starting points for my creative response. I work mainly in oil on canvas using palette knives and rags. This allows me to work quickly to catch the interplay between the light, the atmosphere and the surface to create atmospheric paintings.

 

My training as a geographer has given me a deep understanding of meteorology, wind and wave patterns, rock formations and landscape processes; all of which inform my work. Somerset Art Weeks in September provide an opportunity for visitors to see the range of my work and my art studio which nestles in the Tone Valley, on the Somerset-Devon border where there are unlimited possibilities for walking, sketching and painting outdoors. There is Exmoor, The Blackdowns, The Brendon Hills and The Quantocks on my doorstep as well as the stunning coastline near Minehead and Porlock on the West Somerset coast.


I regularly accept commissions for landscape and seascape paintings. I also make etchings of insects, hedgerows and natural forms. In 2018 I was one of the prizewinners at the Ilminster Open and exhibit work regularly in public and commercial galleries in Devon and Somerset.


In June I run a series of painting workshops in the magical gardens of Cothay Manor near Wellington in Somerset, where artists of all abilities are encouraged to make work outside in a variety of botanical and lakeside settings.