I am an artist with a passion for watercolour painting. I prefer to paint ‘plein air’ and do so all year round, which is not a problem if you are prepared accordingly. There is no doubt that watercolour is the most challenging of all mediums but I admit this is exactly what attracts me to it. I feel watercolour is at its best when you allow it some freedom to do what it wants to do naturally, by contrast it’s at it’s very worst when forced to behave. I have found it is a matter of learning and understanding how to walk a fine line between both.
I started out as an artist in the late 1980’s but it all came crashing down around me when I was forced to stop due to chronic illness. Illness has bad timing as I was doing well and had been accepted and exhibited at the Royal Academy.
I returned to painting a few years ago as a form of therapy, but only paint as my health permits.
I am often asked what inspires me, the simple answer is the energy, atmosphere and light of somewhere or something! I can only say that I have no clue what will inspire me in any given moment, I don’t think about subject matter because I am not bothered about this. I simply drive around until whatever it is catches my attention.
I feel extremely honoured to have won 20 awards for my painting over the last 2 years, and am very chuffed to have been one of 100 artists worldwide to be chosen to appear in ‘Contemporary Artists of Excellence 2016’ coffee table book available from Amazon and all public Galleries and Museums.
I run a community for artists on Facebook called #artisthour, and recently set up The Cotswold Sketchers group together with artist Louise Millin Inchley. Art can be a lonely, so the aim is to encourage people to meet up and enjoy sketching or painting together. It is fun, and a great way to make friends as we already have a love of art in common.
Sadly my health will never improve, so life will always be challenging however I am very grateful to have my art, it keeps me sane…