Having graduated in Fine Art from Exeter and Cardiff Colleges of Art, I now live in rural West Dorset. I am a member of Wessex Contemporary Arts and I work full time as a professional artist. I exhibit and sell my work through galleries and exhibitions in the Wessex region, Dorset Art Weeks and other Open Studios events.
From as far back as I can remember, my art work has been an attempt to convey something about the environment in which I live. This has been literal in as much as I have depicted the real things in my life and also metaphorical as with my abstract work, in which I hope to communicate a mood, a feeling or a sense of place.
Growing up on a remote farm in the foothills of Dartmoor, my relationship to the animals and the countryside were elemental to me and my first art works were of them - the landscape
across the seasons; the rolling fields in the summer and the stark, snowy fields in the fierce winters. I tried to capture the essence of my experience both visceral and in depictions of the animals and the farm.
Recently I have begun again to be inspired by these subjects both in painting and drawing. I enjoy the particular qualities of oil paint - its softness and the vibrancy of the pigment, which allows me to indulge my passion for colour and its application in abstraction.
My discovery of the potential of watercolour pencils has rekindled my interest in figurative work and allowed me the satisfaction of capturing as precisely as I can the essence, the softness, the character and expression of the farm animals, the lambing shed, my cats and the idyllic landscape surrounding my home.