A Brief Biography

After gaining a Design degree and P.G.C.E. at University, I first went into teaching. In the early 90's I moved to SW France with my wife where I worked as an Artist and designer - Painting and exhibiting in Gondrin and Auch in the Gers and later in Madiran in the Haute Pyrenees. Also freelance art and design work - from Business cards to Wine bottle labels (even sign writing for a local Epicerie and Bar.) 
I returned to UK with my family and set up this new studio in Long Bredy.  


Painting in oils, en plein air, my recent work has concentrated on the Dorset coastand the area around my studio in the Bride valley. In these landscapes I tryto record the ever changing weather, light and atmosphere of thelocation.

As a relief from land andseascapes (and harsh weather,) I produce small, quiet, intimate still lifepaintings which allow me to concentrate on careful observation and inparticular the representation of light and reflections.

Where you can find my work

Town MillGallery - Lyme Regis

Blue SkyGallery - Bridport

Prints only  - The OldSchool House Gallery - Tincleton Dorchester 

 www.tincletongallery.com

Press 

A parcel arrived a couple of days ago containing several copies of the June issue of 'The Dorset Life' Magazine. Inside there's a double page article about yours truly. I got a phone call and then gave an interview back in Feb. and thought nothing would come of it as I hadn't heard from them. 


My working method


Observation is the key to recording and hence communicating my experience within a location.

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 sometimes 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 which sounds a bit exclusive. Far from it I am happy to meet anyone at my studio but to avoid dissappointment best to check I'll be there. (see Contact Page.)

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