Painting is a massive part of my life and I work in the studio for several hours each day if possible. Surrounded by sea it is natural to be touched by such changing beauty and this I aim to capture in my work. Seascapes and skies have moved me for as long as I can remember, forever changing, and always inspirational. Sometimes soft, gentle and almost childlike. Other times fierce, strong and dramatic.
My work has been exhibited locally for many years in galleries, exhibitions and privately but is now available on line in order to reach a global audience.
Oil and acrylic are my favourite mediums at the present time although I do use pastels occasionally and also enjoy mixed media.
I love the creative process from beginning to end, seeing a creation emerge and grow often with quite surprising results. I try not to be too rigid in my approach and let the creative juices flow and develop. Paintings can sometimes appear out of nowhere and take only a day or two, but at other times I may work on one piece for weeks or even months before I feel satisfied. Living with a painting for a while is often a good idea as it can be viewed with fresh eyes and renewed vigour. For me painting is a very emotional and intuitive experience and I pour my feelings into my work.
I feel that being self taught has allowed me to develop a personal style and I like to think this is conveyed in my paintings. I paint what gives me pleasure, pure and simple but at the same time it makes me happy when I know that what I create is also giving pleasure to others. It is impossible for one's work to be liked by everyone, we all have preferences, so I tend to follow my instincts and paint what comes naturally.
Art can be likened to a calling. There is no doubt in my mind that this is what I was meant to do and I am more passionate about it with each passing day.
Nature is full of boundless inspiration - who could fail to respond to its many facets.