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I am interested in being deeply immersed in nature and the landscape. Until 2019 I was a carer for 19 years and painting is my reconnection with the land and myself.
My current love is painting en plein air, being outdoors on Dartmoor, the local Devon coast, rivers and estuaries that I have known since childhood. Returning home after a career travelling worldwide as a professional chef, sailor and scuba diver I find that immersing myself once again in these intimate spaces enables me to reconnect with the fleeting, elemental, sensory qualities of light and colour. When I become aware of the pulse of the land in this way I reconnect with the mystical experiences and exuberance of vitality that are abundant in the wild places and in my memories. Catching the moments which most affect and move me, I aim to interweave and evoke these often subtle sometimes powerful qualities, the vitality and zest of life, in my paintings.
You may notice that at the moment I am predominantly focusing on painting contre-jour, a French term meaning 'against the light.' This is a particular challenge requiring a lot of glancing and squinting. Also, light and colours are distinctly changed by looking directly into the light. Colours tend to shift and blur with the light effectively turning objects into stained glass windows in which everything glimmers and glows. In the early morning and evening as the light does it's magic it can feel like being in a hallowed place trimmed with a million precious jewels.
I am now using oils, mostly traditional but sometimes water-soluble, depending on weather and subject. Oil paints are lush and buttery and bring a depth of colour that I find enticing and suit my work well. I like to also use whatever is at hand to free me up so that I can spontaneously evoke these joyful, poetic and exuberant moments in the landscape.
Some of these paintings were exhibited at Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JD June 2019
Finalist in the Devon Life Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 competition.
MA Fine Art.
PG Diploma: Documentary Photography
BA (Hons) Fine Art.