I am an artist based in the northwest of England; I have exhibited widely throughout the British Isles, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries and at major London art fairs and galleries as far apart as Glasgow and Plymouth.
I am a member of the Pastel Society, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, (MAFA) and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts.
I am principally a painter of landscapes and still life but, for the past few years, I have worked in an increasingly abstract format. Much of this shift from representational painting to a more abstract approach has been inspired by my many visits to St Ives, where the rich tradition of abstract art has held a special interest for me.
I use my many sketchbook studies and drawings as a starting point for my work from which a fully abstract painting develops. At the outset I often don’t have a fixed form in mind, preferring to let the imagery evolve through the process of painting.
My concern is not with reproducing a likeness but in capturing the characteristics of a subject. Each painting is undergoes constant change until the tensions of the composition are right. Energy and a sense of freedom is what I strive for, allowing the spontaneity of the marks to be interesting in their own right.