My work has always been figurative rather than abstract but I aim to give my personal response to a subject not merely reproduce the image in a photographic way. I enjoy the challenge of working ‘en plein air’ being particularly motivated and inspired by the light just before or after storms or showers and at dawn and sunset. My usual working method is to make sketches on site in pencil, pastel, watercolour or oil, sometimes quite finished and successful as paintings in their own right but more often than not they need to be quick rushed statements as a note to record my initial response to the light and atmosphere at the time. I then assemble and study these sketches back in the studio which allows me to produce a more coherent finished painting, then, if successful, I may pursue the idea as a larger piece. The difficulty is to retain that spontaneity of the initial sketch in the larger studio painting.
Although intensely observed my work is constantly tending away from the accurate recording of detail towards the impressionistic record of my engagement with the natural scene before me. I have a desire to capture the essence of the subject, leaving the viewer a greater chance to find their own interpretation and response.
My studio is open all year round by appointment. (see Contact Page.)