My most vivid and happiest childhood memories are of exploring the North Wales coast, endless hours spent beachcombing or scaling the peaks of towering dunes, all under the dramatic presence of the Snowdon mountain range.
These early memories have stayed with me and influenced my adult life, now I’m at my happiest when I have my walking boots on and a map in hand exploring the coastline of the United Kingdom.
The landscapes that I discover are what compel me to make my paintings. The combination of distant memories and more recent observations and experiences translate into dramatic sea and landscape paintings. I’m not a painter whose work is predominantly about recording every nuance and fine detail of the natural world. My work is as much about expressing my inner feelings and my connection to the elemental forces of nature.
When I’m not exploring the coastline of the British Isles you can find me working and living in West Yorkshire with my husband, teenage son, geriatric cat and a pair of unruly chickens.
My paintings are an instinctive response to the affinity that I feel with the natural world and in particular its relationship with the ever-changing weather of the British Isles. I find that the character of the land, sea and sky offers limitless combinations of colour and texture and by using a blend of abstraction and realism, my artwork responds 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 spirit of a place rather than an actual representation 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 nature may evoke.
I encourage you to explore my latest work as my paintings say so much more than the words on this page can communicate. Should you wish to find out more about my work please don’t hesitate to contact me.