Painting draws me into a world of possibilities, where the slightest mark or shift in colour can change a mood or emotion. I am continually exploring the paint itself, how it is moulded, sensed and manipulated. I build up thin layers of paint to create transparency and depth. Colours play an important part, colours that are soft and subtle.
My starting point is mostly from landscapes that are well known to me, mapping a path that is both internal and external. Hills, water, paths and trees all play their part as subject matter, but whatever the subject matter the overriding concern is to convey a sense of space, light and stillness.
I originally studied history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and worked for many years as a picture researcher for leading art publishers. This proved invaluable experience for training the eye. I then graduated in 2003 with a Fine Art BA Hons 1st class degree from BCUC (Bucks Chilterns University College). I have won several prizes and have exhibited widely in both solo and selected group shows. My work is in several public collections and in many private collections in the UK and abroad.
Sacha Craddock, art critic and former Turner Prize panellist, comments that the sense of space and light is ‘managed brilliantly. The paintings have their own autonomous sense of self and place and space. They are real – working in their own terms. They are beautiful paintings.’