I was born in Yorkshire but have spent the great majority of my adult life in South Africa. I am now based in a small town in South Norfolk, UK, where I have been since December 2012. I don’t intend to move away from here anytime soon. Norfolk is beautiful.
I have always been fascinated with the process of making a painting, the technicality of it, the nature of a painting’s surface and how texture is created. Being short-sighted, I am suspicious of what my eyes miss and this is why I don’t appear to be able to produce ‘realism’ in my work. Maybe i’m wired wrong! I am messy, I like to get dirty, I make a big muck up and out of it comes something I usually hate but now and again, I create something that makes me proud and I want to look at it for a while. Others seem to like some of those things too and buy them,which makes me happy and gives me some kind of validation. But I don’t paint for validation, if I did I would starve. I discovered the work of Luc Tuymans this year and I am now infatuated with him, his ideals and his work. Whether that’s a good thing is anyone’s guess.
I am intensely self-critical both of my own persona and of my art, this is restrictive and has knocked my artistic confidence and it’s a trait I am trying very hard to overcome. I watched a movie about the life of L.S. Lowry, starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave .. I was shocked at the similarities between Lowry’s relationship with his mother and mine and came to a profound realisation around the source of my own lack of self-confidence. Doing my degree course is helping with this (which is why I started it in the first place).
I used to think that I worked primarily with acrylics but I have expanded my repertroire and work with a variety of medium, ranging from soft pastels to encaustic wax paint. Like I said, the process is what’s important to me and I’m constantly on the look out for a new material or tool to try out. As a result my work tends to flitter about between straight forward abstract landscape compositions to weird flowery things that have been requested by my patrons. I hate painting flowers, I am no good at it. I prefer to paint trees. I love trees. Woodland. Light in the forest. Light on water. Light up in the mountains. Light …
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