I love painting still life paintings including flowers and some of my treasured objects around the house; antique clocks, vases and other items carefully curated over the years. Whatever the flowers, in bud, open as well as ones that have gone. There’s a beauty to everyday life around us - this is what I am trying to capture. I am particularly keen on capturing water as an entity and shape of its own.
Classically trained in oil and having painted all of my life (now also in acrylic) I have always been inspired by light; how it changes local colour and how colour makes us feel. More recently I took an interest in landscapes and have been spotted dragging my easel through the beautiful Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside. I am inspired by the dynamics of clouds and the stillness of greenery. I love Welsh beaches and have painted a few (more gorgeous clouds!)
I am somewhat partial to capturing character and personality and have tremendously enjoyed painting some vivacious, as well as the more timid local cats as commissions. I drank gallons of Earl Grey tea whilst discussing their feline idiosyncrasies with their owners… During lockdowns I discovered an old box of black and white family photographs and went on a journey to paint some of them, thus reconnecting with the loved ones I could not visit. They are some of my most treasured portraits.
When you visit my garden open studio event you shall find yourself surrounded by unashamedly beautiful flowers, humbly captured by myself on canvas, pretty (and mean!) cats, local landscapes and the odd portrait. There will be plenty of work in progress as I always have a few few canvases on the go and some take longer to finish than others (I recently finished a still life with daffodils from 23 years ago!). I will be painting when you visit so you can see me at work and ask any questions you might have.
I was Visiting Artist at the Yew Trees Artists Studios at Bevere Gallery in Worcester in June. I am currently planning an exhibition in 2024.