Based in West Yorkshire and predominately painting seascapes in oil I use my visual memory as a point of reference for my expressive paintings.
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.
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.
My work emerges from layers of oil paint which give my paintings substance and texture. By focusing on the energy of the ocean and the weather 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.