I am an artist based in southern England and I work in oil, watercolour and charcoal. My subjects are primarily landscapes, seascapes and still lifes from direct observation.
I also paint 'narrative' compositions, where what is depicted on the canvas tips into a bigger story. The starting point for these narrative paintings is usually a mundane object or scene, such as a washing line, old shed or bus stop, around which a wider 'plot' is gradually developed.
I work outdoors and indoors, and mostly favour a muted palette, because it is the quieter tones that offer the most interesting ways to explore and capture the shifting balance between light, shade and mood.
Sometimes a painting can feel 'finished' after just one session, but more often I 'build' my way to the final composition, applying numerous layers of paint until they properly reflect what I am trying to achieve.
My work has been exhibited in London, Oxford and Dorset and my paintings are in collections in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. I am a member of the Oxford Art Society and the Bridport Art Society. I have recently been awarded the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize.