After studying art at college in the late 80’s I spent my early adult life trying to contort my square pegged-ness into a round hole by pursuing a ‘sensible’ career. It was only after I had my son that I began to listen to my intuition and chose to follow my passion of becoming an artist, predominately painting seascapes in oil.
Now painting full-time, I use my visual memory as a point of reference for expressive seascapes. I take my inspiration from childhood visits to the North Wales coast and more recent family trips to the coastal villages of Yorkshire. My paintings are a combination of distant memories and recent observations from these visits, semi-abstract seascapes that always remain recognisable as such.
I continue to live and work in Yorkshire and my time is divided between a land-based studio near Wakefield and exploring the northern waterways on my narrowboat.
My paintings are a personal response to the affinity that I feel with the sea and in particular its relationship with the ever-changing weather of the British Isles. I find the nature of the sea and sky are in themselves abstract and offer limitless combinations of colour and texture. By adopting a simple composition of land, sea, and sky, my semi-abstract forms are a response to the atmosphere and sense of drama that the constantly changing elements never fail to provide.
I aim to suggest a sense of solitude and contemplation in my work. To offer the viewer a chance to pause and reflect on the memories and emotions that the often powerful or sometimes benign presence of the sea may evoke.
My work emerges from layers of oil paint which give my paintings substance and texture. I begin by applying thin washes of oils, gradually overlaying them with thicker layers of paint. By focusing on the spirit and energy of the ocean I constantly endeavour to capture the mystical connection between the sea and the observer.