After graduating from Huddersfield Polytechnic in Graphic & Advertising Design in 1985, I worked for 15 years as a graphic designer. I now paint full time and have a studio gallery in Dorset.
I enjoy exhibiting and interacting with other artists and the community. I am happy to consider commissions but my focus is on developing and presenting current and future themes.
Recent collaboration with ceramicist Douglas Reeve has opened new dimensions for capturing the spirit of my imagination. Our 'Clayscapes' explore the synergy of canvas + clay and are a fresh, more immersive take on core themes.
Celebrating man's construction of the English landscape through various degrees of abstraction.
My main interest is in interpreting the British landscape and how human efforts have shaped it over millenia. Other painters and photographers excel in recording great rural scenes. My paintings and installations are an emotional response to the land around us. I try to capture the positive and uplifting essence of what I observe. My technique was developed in repeated portrayals of woodland scenes. Trees provide a perfect subject for striking yet simple representation. Some of my more recent work has centred on the maze-like intricacies of Hop gardens. The hop-poles and strings that weave across English skies are truly dramatic and exciting, though sadly diminished in number in recent decades. My celebrations of these "sky nets" run from almost realistic to near total abstractions.
Another recent strand of work is loosely based on rural scenes but freed from the strictures of accurate recording. I am constantly inspired by the beauty of the British landscape. For me its the emotional feeling that counts.
A film by Brendan Buesnel
In the run up to the 2018 exhibition at the Bridport Arts Centre - "Dialogues concerning the land" with Douglas Reeve
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