I am an experimental and multi-media artist and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of creating new artwork in my garden studio.
I am drawn to the rich tapestry of colour-drenched textures, the unique light of the South West coast and country landscapes. With a passion for making and sharing art which is motivated by a welter of natural beauty, the endless painting opportunities, and particularly the excitement of sketching and painting en plein air come rain or shine. When faced with constantly changing weather and a rugged landscape, the air magnifies colours and reveals nature in all its glory.
“Although watercolour has been my favourite media, I am constantly challenged by experimentation and love to mix media and techniques to recreate the textural qualities of the landscape or capture an essence of place, emotion or memory. My research into the ancient art of encaustics has lead to an exciting new collection of encaustic wax paintings launched in July 2018. This new collection of encaustic wax paintings where several layers of fused waxes create ethereal abstraction, weave their magic on the viewer and draw them in to fantasy world that changes at each viewing. My garden studio now resembles a science lab and, when working on an encaustic panel, I can be found, blow torch in hand, looking like an extra from a Star Wars movie!”
Back home in the studio, working in a range of media (watercolour, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, printmaking and encaustic) is often necessary to fully respond to the unending source of inspiration recorded in sketchbooks and on camera. Subjects chosen, including animal portraits, are uniquely painted with originality whatever media is best. As an award-winning exhibitor, taking part in the televised Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2015, 2016 and 201*, being a finalist in the Devon Life Landscape Painter of the Year and runner-up to Mayne Gallery’s Fresh Art competition, has been exciting. I am a member of South Hams Art Forum, Torbay Guild of Artists, Teignmouth Art Society and am Vice-President of Devon Art Society.