I was born in 1952 and have spent my life in the county of Dorset. I have absorbed the landscape of this county into my very being, from swimming in the sea, walking and riding on ponies through the lanes and by-ways, it has seeped into my very being. This is where my inspiration comes from – the landscape interpreted by my soul.
My paintings are firmly based in my personal, emotional connection with the landscape. Incorporating the “genius loci” of Paul Nash, the philosophies of the neo-romantics, and the romantic traditions of English landscape painting. In addition to this I have explored mediums, surfaces and methods of applying paint, to connect with the magical qualities of painting mediums. Their flow and the interaction of colour, is a continuing fascination for me.
I have combined these two things – searching for the unspoken emotional connection with a personal landscape and interpreting this through the medium of paint. By studying for, and gaining a First Class Honors degree with the Open College of the Arts, I have deepened my understanding. Using tacit knowledge and working, almost subconsciously, to allow the paint to blend, mingle and flow with colour and tones.
Thus it is this relationship with the world that surrounds us, fragile and mysterious, awe inspiring and spiritual that is the concept behind my work. With my love of colour, drawing and painting I explore ways that this relationship can be portrayed through art.