My atmospheric semi-abstract landscapes seek to capture the essence of my connection with Cornwall. A memory of a place, an experience or moment that reveals itself in surprising ways and creates a sense of the unexepected.

 

My current work explores a fascination with and connection to Cornwall and my memories of the landscape. The dramatic North Cornwall coast and the wild moors provide endless inspiration as I seek to express my connection to the county. 

Using mainly acrylic paint, sometimes combined with collage and oil pastels, allows for rapid application of layers to retain an energy and vigour. This is key to representing the wild weather and dramatic skies that hold such great appeal. 

The paintings are often constructed of many layers, with paint applied then scraped back and reapplied. This creates a rich, weathered appearance, and a limited palette creates a harmony in the work whilst allowing dramatic and bold colour contrasts.

I begin each painting intuitively, with no particular composition in mind. At some point a memory is triggered, of an undefined place, that starts to evolve into what will become the final piece.  Whilst these are not intended to be realistic representations of particular locations, they often provoke a sense of the familiar in the viewer, a place they can relate to, which draws them in for a closer look.

As the rich layers and textures reveal themselves there are hidden gems to be found – and I invite the viewer to take their time and enjoy their discoveries.

I studied Art Foundation at Falmouth School of Art and Design and went on to do a number of short courses over the following years, including Creative Visionary Programme with Californian artist Nicholas Wilton.

My art career is getting a reboot, having spent my early working years in the corporate world and the following 20 years developing a healthcare career in which I now work as a chiropractor.

In the past few years I’ve re-trained myself in the more technical elements of artmaking and switched from my previous use of oils to acrylics and mixed media. I’m now a regular exhibitor at art fairs and enjoy sharing my journey on my social media pages.

 

Galleries:

Dolphin Gallery Wantage (2019/20)
UK Artists 

 

Previous events/exhibitions:

2020

Oxfordshire Artweeks (May)

Surrey Contemporary Art Fairs (March)

 

2019

Dolphin Art Gallery Wantage ‘New Work’ exhibition (December to current)

Edinburgh Art Fair with Bourne Art (November)

Windsor Contemporary Art Fairs (November)

Sussex Art Fair Brighton (October)

Newbury Contemporary Art Fairs (May)

Oxfordshire Artweeks at West Ox Gallery (May)

Surrey Contemporary Art Fairs (March)

West Ox Arts ‘New Work’ group exhibition (February)

 

2018

Jackson’s Art Prize 2 pieces longlisted

Windsor Contemporary Art Fairs (November)

Faringdon Arts Society 54th annual exhibition (October)

West Ox Arts ‘Music and Movement’ group exhibition (February)

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