A textile design degree over thirty years ago kick started my creative career. I have worked as a wallpaper designer, craftsman and an artist/printmaker. A natural progression to painting has given me the freedom to make more considered, expressive work.
My life in beautiful, wild Devon and the many friends who visit our home are the foundation of my ideas. A personal connection with ‘subject’ and ‘place’ for me is vital.
During the Pandemic, I began a series of paintings entitled ‘Bathers’. When the wider human contact was taken from us, we turned to nature for solace. My friends and I would enjoy wild swimming days in the pools and rivers of Dartmoor. There was a solidarity in immersing ourselves in the cold water, surrounded by the natural beauty of the moor. As a prolific photographer, I am constantly observing life and people. Back in then studio, my photographs have become a rich resource for my practice to make drawings from.
From my sketchbooks, my ideas are metamorphosed, to create a dream like narrative in paint. The result is a form of magic realism conveying the observable reality whist preserving sublime memories.
My work celebrates friendship, human interaction and the importance of connecting to the natural world.