I live and paint within the Cotswolds. I love the great outdoors and am therefore passionate about painting 'plein air'. I feel that it is important for me to experience the essence of what I am trying to capture in order for it to go into my work. The subject matter is not as important to me as the energy, light and atmosphere.
Those are the things that capture me!
I work almost exclusively in watercolours, I love the way the paint has a life of its own and makes marks an artist never could. I enjoy that uncontrollable side of it, and like to use that to my advantage. However as of this year I now have my own studio, which makes it possible for me to paint the odd oil. Previously I was restricted to painting oils in the warmer months when they could dry outside where I wasn't subjected to spirit fumes.
I have had a long protracted break in painting of over twenty years due to illness. Before which I had exhibited extensively within the Cotswolds, London and France, where my work was in demand. At my peak I had my work accepted and exhibited at The Royal Academy in the early 1990's. I picked up my brush again in 2014 as therapy and as they say that was that! Despite appearances I can only paint when my health permits.
In the last two years I have won 14 awards, and have been was selected and published in 'The Global Art Agencies' second coffee table book 'Contemporary Artists of Excellence 2016'. Available through all public Art Galleries, Museums, and Amazon. I am a Palm Art Award nominee 2017
April 2016 I took over the running of #artisthour, a weekly community for artists meeting on Twitter
Wednesday Evenings 8 – 9 pm GMT time. A place to share and discuss all things related.
New for 2017 I set up The Cotswold Sketchers - please see my page about this and contact me if you are interested in joining us. It would be lovely to meet you.
I am a member of The Gloucestershire Society of Artists